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Eric M. Lightner

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC, USA


Eric Lightner has worked as a program manager for advanced technology development at the Department of Energy for the last 20 years. Currently, Mr. Lightner is the Director of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.  The mission of the Task Force is to ensure awareness, coordination and integration of smart grid related activities both within the Department of Energy and elsewhere in the Federal government.  These activities include smart grid research and development; development of smart grid standards and protocols; and the relationship of smart grid technologies to electric utility regulation, infrastructure development, system reliability and security. Prior to directing the Task Force, Mr. Lightner single handedly conceived of and championed the smart grid program and all smart grid activities at the Department of Energy including the creation of the GridWise brand; the formation of the GridWise Architecture Council; and the formation of the GridWise Alliance.  Previously, at the Department, he was involved in characterization, monitoring and sensor technology development for the Office of Environmental Management in support of DOE's waste clean-up efforts, and managed research and development for the Sensors and Controls program within the Office of Industrial Technologies.  Mr. Lightner earned a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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