Government figures crowned smart grid leaders

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The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) has presented its Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Awards.

The winners are Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. These individuals are being recognized for their work in shaping federal policy and federal action to make the smart grid and options like demand response key components of the electricity and overall "energy pie," according to ADS.

Some of the first policy on demand response and smart grid was enacted by the Congress – including provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – under Senator Bingaman's leadership.

Robyn's work has been part of an overall effort by the Department of Defense to embrace smart grid and demand response as part of its commitment to greater sustainability in its energy usage.

"The nation's electricity grid is considered to be the greatest engineering feat of the 20th century, and now it is time to build the grid of the 21st century," said Dan Delurey, Executive Director of the ADS. "While making a modern grid is the job of the entire demand response and smart grid community, it is also an effort that needs national encouragement and leadership."

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