From power guzzler to intelligent grid On 11 and 12 March 2010 the management tasks that will be confronting the power industry will be debated on the occasion of the 1st St.Gallen Forum for the Management of Renewable Energies. 3 March 2010. Using more renewable energies, thus paving the way towards a power supply of “From 20:80 to 80:20”: this is the goal pursued by the Good Energies Chair for the Management of Renewable Energies at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). The entry into the new energy era is not only a question of technological progress and general political conditions, but also of management. The management tasks that will be confronting the power industry will be debated by more than 100 entrepreneurs, managers and academics on the occasion of the 1st St.Gallen Forum for the Management of Renewable Energies. This event will take place in the Einstein Congress Hotel, St.Gallen, on 11 and 12 March 2010. New technology trendsBesides classic management issues such as marketing and funding, the Forum will also present new technology trends: electromobility and intelligent power grids, so-called “smart grids”. These measuring instruments provide suppliers with detailed data about consumption and thus control energy requirements. With the help of these special power meters, consumers will be able to recognize, and thus avoid, power guzzlers immediately. These intelligent meters will also enable power generators to record energy requirements optimally and thus to improve their grids. Management tasks in the development of smart grids As during the initial stage of the Internet, experts are enthusiastic about the technological possibilities of smart power grids and clean electricity. “You can feel a proper pioneering spirit at specialist congresses, but there’s often one thing that the experts tend to ignore: the customer,” says Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Holder of the Good Energies Chair at the University of St.Gallen (HSG).