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Smart Grid News Editor Jesse Berst to keynote Elster Connect 2014

Utilities with Elster smart grid solutions to converge in Denver, October 5-9

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Elster Solutions, the North American business unit of Elster Electricity, today announced that Jesse Berst will be the keynote speaker at this year's Elster Connect conference on October 8 at the Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado.

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Jesse Berst is one of the pioneering thought leaders of the smart grid, and the Founding Editor of SmartGridNews.com, the Internet's oldest, largest and highest-ranked smart grid site. Jesse provides strategic consulting to corporations, startups and investment firms looking to target their smart grid activities.

Jesse devotes a portion of his time to efforts to grow the industry as a whole. He is the founder of the Smart Cities Council, which today numbers more than 100 members and advisors with a collective 2.3 million employees and $1.3 trillion in annual revenues working in 140+ countries on 5,000+ smart city projects past and present. He serves on the Advisory Council for the Energy and Environment Directorate of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which conducts some of the nations most advanced grid research. He was the founding Executive Director for the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that unites utilities, vendors, and consumer advocates with the goal of accelerating the adoption of a consumer friendly smart grid. And he was the keynote speaker at the Department of Energy 's original Grid Vision 2030 planning meeting in April, 2003.

Smart Grid News recently published "The Ultimate Guide to AMI: Best Practices, Lessons Learned and Future Directions of Electric Power," an eBook based on material generated in collaboration with Elster experts. Download the eBook at http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/Technologies_Metering/Snag-your-copy-of-our-latest-eBook-The-Ultimate-Guide-to-AMI-6335.html

The eighth annual Elster Connect training and conference will be held at the Denver Grand Hyatt, October 5-9, 2014. Two days of training will precede the conference. The event is exclusive to utilities using Elster solutions such as EnergyAxis, EIServer, EA_Mobile and SecureCollect solutions as well as Elster technology and channel partners.

About Elster

Elster delivers complete Smart Grid and Energy Management Solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers and consumers. Elster uses its speed and agility to drive interoperability and open standards and strategically collaborates with customers and partners.

Its end-to-end electricity, water and gas offerings include advanced meters/sensors, secure communications, and data collection, management and analytics. Elster is dedicated to customer success in more than 130 countries through Elster's professional integration services, technical support and training.

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