Smart City San Diego Presents at Inaugural Energy Central Smart Cities Conference
November 3-4, San Diego served as the host city for Energy Central’s inaugural Smart Cities Conference. The event attracted more than 100 attendees from across the nation looking to make connections and gain insights to advance their own smart city initiatives.
As the host city, San Diego played a prominent role in the program, including an opening keynote address from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
who expressed his strong support for smart city solutions — a critical component of the San Diego region’s success in achieving and setting new smart city goals.
Faulconer’s presentation was followed by a Smart City San Diego panel discussion led by Cleantech San Diego President Jason Anderson and featuring Jacques Chirazi from the City of San Diego, Byron Washom from UC San Diego, and Josh Gerber from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
This host city case study titled “Cooperation and Smart City San Diego” illustrated the collaborative Smart City San Diego effort undertaken by the City of San Diego, Cleantech San Diego, SDG&E, GE, and UC San Diego in bringing the concept of smart cities to the San Diego region. Through this cooperation, San Diego is now at the forefront of the smart cities movement and has completed numerous projects that integrate both advanced smart grid technologies and urban sustainability. While discussing these projects, this session illustrated how San Diego has embraced cooperative smart city thinking both from a utility and a community perspective.
Many thanks to Energy Central for bringing this critical audience to San Diego and allowing us to showcase our region’s smart city strengths with a focus on the future.