Register for the June Broadband Breakfast Club Event: ‘Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds’

Washington, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 – will hold its June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event: “Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds” on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washi

Washington, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 – will hold its June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event:

Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds” on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am.

Advanced Energy, or fully  integrated and optimized energy conservation, is predicted to be an opportunity greater than the internet economy to date. Fast, reliable broadband will be a key feature of advanced energy implementation and distribution through smart grid systems. Yet, while smart grid networks of various complexity exist, new networks are limited by the short supply of fiber build outs. The United States is 15 percent built out with Fiber to the Home. How can we get the remaining 85 percent built? This breakfast will explore the works of various organizations and collaboratives tackling these issues.


John Hewa, Vice President of Research, Engineering, and Technical Services

John leads NRECA’s Energy and Power Division, addressing technical aspects of regulatory issues facing electric cooperatives, and the Cooperative Research Network, working to identify and advocate for the use of beneficial technologies among our nation’s electric cooperatives.Prior to joining NRECA, John served as the General Manager of Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. a member-owned, electric cooperative headquartered in Quincy, Florida. Talquin Electric provides electric distribution services to over 50,000 homes and businesses in four counties of north Florida, including areas surrounding Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. John was also General Manager of Talquin Water and Wastewater, Inc, a non-profit, Florida corporation providing water and wastewater utility services. Previous to his tenure at Talquin, John served as the utilities manager for the City of Manassas, Virginia, where he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of Water, Wastewater, Electric and Telecommunication services. John has a wealth of leadership and technical experience in the utility industry, focusing on utility management, energy delivery systems, telecommunications and innovative Smart Grid end-use solutions. Throughout his career, John has actively served on a variety of committees for NRECA and the American Public Power Association (APPA). John has served as Chairman of NRECA’s Management Issues Committee and as a Board Director for the Florida Electric Cooperative Association. While in Florida, John served on the Board of Directors of Seminole Electric Cooperative, a Generation and Transmission cooperative, headquartered in Tampa, Florida delivering electricity to 1.6 million Floridians. John holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and Masters degree in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

C. David Hudgins, Director of Member and External Relations, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Old Dominion is a generation and transmission cooperative that supplies the electricity needs of twelve member electric distribution cooperatives that serve over 500,000 consumers in Virginia, Delaware and Maryland. In his position, Hudgins works with these member cooperatives and local, regional and state governmental agencies to identify and attract businesses to locate in the predominantly rural areas served by these cooperatives. Prior to joining Old Dominion in 1996, Hudgins served as the Director of Economic Development for Spotsylvania County, Virginia from 1991-1996. He began his career in manufacturing with E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company where we held various positions. Hudgins has served on a wide range of educational, civic and community organizations, including the Metropolitan Richmond Economic Development Council, the Richmond chapter of the American Red Cross, the Henrico County Industrial Development Authority, the Henrico East Business Council, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Committee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Technology and Science. Most recently, Hudgins was instrumental in the conception and establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative and serves as vice-chairman of the Cooperative’s board of directors. A native of Gwynns Island, Mathews County, Virginia, Hudgins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

James H. Salter, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Engineering Group

James Salter is founder and President of Atlantic Engineering Group, a design & build firm specializing in Fiber to the Home projects, particularly for electric utilities. Since its formation in 1996, Atlantic Engineering Group has been involved in 35 City Wide FTTH projects, representing 1,000,000 homes passed, and included 14 project having a significant Smart Grid component as part of the business case. Prior to founding AEG, and after graduating from Georgia Tech with an Electrical Engineering degree, Mr. Salter spent 15 years in the electric utility business at American Electric Power, Walton EMC and the City of Monroe Georgia. Mr. Salter is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council ( an industry trade group whose mission is to promote fiber to the home as the ultimate access technology.

Malcolm D. Woolf, Senior Vice-President, Policy & Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy

Malcolm works to influence public policy, foster advanced energy innovation and business growth, and provide a unified voice for all segments of the advanced energy industry. Before joined AEE, Malcolm served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O’Malley. As head of the Maryland Energy Administration from 2007-2012, he helped enact and implement one of the most ambitious sets of energy goals in the nation, including the EmPOWER Maryland Act seeking a 15% reduction in peak demand and overall electricity consumption, a 20% renewable standard, and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Woolf was the chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), has testified before Congress on several occasions, and is frequently featured in national media. He was recently appointed by Secretary Chu to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board. Woolf previously served as the director of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also was a senior attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an associate with the law firms of Winston & Strawn and Piper & Marbury L.L.P. Woolf received his B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.

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American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee.

The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google and US Telecom.

The Broadband Breakfast Club series meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except for August and December).

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Background on is in its fifth year of hosting monthly breakfast forums in Washington on broadband policy and related subjects. These events are on the record, open to the public and consider a wide range of viewpoints. Our Broadband Breakfast Club meets on the third tuesday of every month (except for August and December).

Our elected official keynotes have included Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diane Watson (D-CA), James Clyburn (D-SC), Joe Barton (R-TX) and the former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

Our agency and commission official keynotes have included Deputy Undersecretary for Agriculture Dallas Tonsager, Julius Genachowski, Chairman FCC; former RUS Administrator, Jonathan Adelstein, Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commissioner; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary NTIA, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Our moderated discussion panels are comprised of leaders from a wide variety of organizations including government, industry, law firms, academia, nonprofit, journalism and many others. Our audiences are equally diverse.

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