First in Series of National Conferences by Eaton Corporation Convenes Key Leaders, Focuses on Opportunities for Greater Efficiency and Savings
ATLANTA …The United States must address serious energy management challenges, including rising energy costs, aging infrastructure, and the need to develop and deploy diverse, clean energy technologies to meet growing demand, according to former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, who served as the keynote speaker at a major conference today in Atlanta. The event, Energy Evolution: Transforming the Future of Power , is part of Eaton Corporation’s (NYSE:ETN) on-going effort to provide leaders from the public sector and industry with the tools they need to navigate rapidly evolving needs for improved energy management.
Secretary Abraham kicked off the event by providing Atlanta’s top institutional and private-sector decision makers with an overview of the Department of Energy, national energy policy and critical challenges. Following Abraham’s keynote, interactive break-out and panel sessions featured public-sector, industry and academic experts who have developed and implemented successful energy management programs.
"We face serious energy management challenges on a number of fronts, the foremost of which include rising energy costs, aging infrastructure, and the need to develop and deploy diverse, clean energy technologies to meet growing demand," said Secretary Abraham. "Eaton and the other industry and public-sector leaders at this conference are uniquely positioned to help us address these challenges. This symposium is precisely the kind of best practice we need."
Discussion topics included increasing energy efficiency, using stimulus funds and other resources to invest in greener, safer, and more reliable technologies, and case studies on implementing and managing sustainability projects.
“By bringing together a unique blend of highly experienced energy management experts from industry, the public sector, and academia, Eaton has provided tremendous value to regional leaders,” said Robert Hall, environmental fleet manager, UPS, who participated in a panel session on hybrid and advanced vehicle technology. “UPS is committed to helping customers make better use of technologies and innovation to increase efficiency, so this was a perfect fit for us.”
Other featured speakers included Deepak Divan, director, Intelligent Power Infrastructure Consortium, Georgia Institute of Technology; Jenny Taylor, fleet manager, Georgia Power; Bobby Baker, commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission; Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division; and Jerry R. Whitaker, president of Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Americas Region.
“As a global power management leader, Eaton is committed to providing public-sector and business customers with the technologies and solutions their organizations need to maximize energy efficiency and savings,” said Whitaker. “This symposium gave regional leaders clear roadmaps to help their organizations better leverage evolving energy legislation, incentives and technologies.”
Breakout sessions included:
- Renewable Energy: Making the Business of Renewable Energy Viable
- Energy Efficiency: Establishing the Energy Culture and Becoming a Powerhouse
- High Performance Green Buildings: Optimizing Energy in High-Performance Green Buildings
- Hybrid and Advanced Vehicle Technology, Putting Power to Work from the Grid to the Vehicle.
Eaton will host similar symposia in Austin, Texas, on May 10, 2010, and Chicago on June 7, 2010. For more information on the events, please visit:
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.