May 26, 2018
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Smart grid conference planned at UMaine

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine will host a conference focused on the opportunities, benefits, challenges and visions associated with the addition of new information technology to the power grid, and how these enhancements make the power grid “smart.”

The annual Haskell-Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference, this year titled “Smart Grid: Consumer and Utility Perspectives,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Wells Conference Center at UMaine.

The event will offer discussions featuring representatives of utility companies including Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Central Maine Power Co., a state legislator and researchers in academia and the private sector.

The conference is designed for industry and state government personnel, students, researchers, consultants and the public. Participants may earn up to eight professional development hours toward the state’s professional engineering educational requirement.

The Haskell-IEEE conference is funded with support from the Haskell Professorship in UMaine’s electrical and computer engineering department and the Maine IEEE Chapter of the Power & Energy Society.

Robert N. Haskell graduated from UMaine in 1925 and was the former president and chairman of the Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. He also served in the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate.

For information about the conference, go to or call 581-2243.

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