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UL Elevates Dialogue on Energy and the Smart Grid Home at 2012 CES Conference

December 12, 2011

Renewable energy industry leaders demystify emerging Smart Grid issues for consumers and businesses


NORTHBROOK, Ill., December 12, 2011 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety, today announced it will present “Energy and the Smart Grid Home,” a panel series comprised of UL renewable energy experts and in partnership with 2012 CES conference track sessions.  The UL-moderated discussions will explore energy savings and generation as well as the LED transformation on January 12, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).


“UL has a long history of testing products for safety and in understanding the science of safety through its research and development efforts, particularly in the area of consumer electronics,” said Clyde Kofman, senior vice president, Chief Commercial Officer at UL. “The changing landscape in energy distribution and usage calls for increased clarification on topics related to LED technology, solar and wind energy, and sustainability. Attendees will gain important insights on Smart Grid Home issues that will hold real-life value for individuals and businesses to manage the transition, stay ahead of the trends and most importantly, benefit from the opportunities.”

The UL “Energy and the Smart Grid Home” panel series is scheduled to feature:

The LED Transformation: Lighting and Beyond
1-2 p.m.   Thursday, January 12 LVCC, North Hall, N262

Panelists will share how businesses can impact product development, the supply chain and product choice for consumers with an enhanced grasp of LED technology.  Panelist representation includes UL, American Lighting Association, Philips Lighting North America and Lutron Electronics.

Energy Generation: How to Play in the Space
2:30-3:30 p.m.   Thursday, January 12 LVCC, North Hall, N262

Panelists will illuminate the often confusing subject of energy generation, which includes solar and wind, among others, and help clarify what providers need to know to best optimize opportunities. Panelist representation includes UL, Solar Energy Industries Association, Pecan Street, Inc. and SANYO (USA) Corporation.

Energy Savings: Shaping the Future
4-5 p.m.   Thursday, January 12 LVCC, North Hall, N262

Panelists will share how manufacturers and retailers can support the continued transition to “Energy Efficiency,” benefitting from it by ultimately becoming industry leaders.  Panelist representation includes UL, Samsung, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), LG Electronics and Information Technology Industry Council.


For more information on the UL panel sessions at 2012 CES, please visit  To register and reserve a seat for any or all of the sessions, please visit the 2012 CES Conference Track Registration page.  Media registered for full-CES access will also receive access to the UL panel sessions, however, they are encouraged to register or RSVP to UL in advance.  Space is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Summaries and abbreviated video content of the conference tracks will also be made available to industry media post-show and can be requested by emailing Truda Chow at [email protected]  


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