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BRIDGE Energy Group to Sponsor Grid Interop 2011 and Address Smart Grid Topics from Integration to ROI

Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE, to Participate on You’ve Got the Data, Now What, ROI and Risk Mitigation and Discuss Interoperable Maturity During the Foundational Session

PHOENIX, AZ and MARLBOROUGH MA – November 29, 2011 – BRIDGE Energy Group, Inc., the trusted advisor and implementation partner in Smart Grid Integration and Utility Software Solutions, announced its sponsorship and participation in Grid-Interop 2011. This four-day conference will be held December 5th-8th at The Phoenix Convention Center. Since 2007, Grid-Interop has been the annual event that industry experts, stakeholders, and policy makers attend to discuss, debate, and determine the best path forward for development of interoperable components of the grid – setting the agenda for the advancement of Smart Grid standards. It is the only U.S. conference dedicated entirely to the progress of Smart Grid interoperability.

Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE, will lead the Architecture Track consisting of five sessions spanning topics from IT integration to uncovering ROI. Mr. Giroti will moderate the panel You’ve Got Data, Now What!, on December 8th from 10:30-12:00, which will provide ideas around operationalizing data and how some utilities are using the data. He will also speak on the panel, ROI & Risk Mitigation, also on December 8th from 1:00-2:30pm. The session, moderated by Kerri Martinek, Director of Marketing at BRIDGE, will address developing a cost benefit analysis to understand the value of Smart Grid investments. The topic is for decision makers, executives and IT managers considering launching integration initiatives using SOA and ESB technologies.

Finally, Mr. Giroti will speak to the GridWise Architecture Council’s (GWAC) Smart Grid Interoperability Maturity Model (SG IMM) during the Foundational Session on Wednesday, December 7th from 10:30-12:00pm. The GWAC initiative proposes to develop methods and tools that encourage well-specified agreements between smart grid components.

“Smart Grid is not about procuring and installing products, but doing that for the purpose of achieving business objectives such as delivering better quality of customer service, improving proactive outage management, increasing internal operational efficiencies and more,” said Tony Giroti, CEO of BRIDGE. “There are far too many applications and systems in a utility and replacing or upgrading these systems is a journey. BRIDGE is pleased to join the thought leaders at Grid Interop in preparing for that journey.”

Held in partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and Department of Energy, this event attracts a broad audience from both the government and the technical community, including key players from the energy utilities, software, cable, semiconductor, telecommunications and electricity consumer sectors, making Grid-Interop the only technical conference on Smart grid with this breadth.

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