4th International Conference on Energy Meteorology, Bari, 27 – 29 June 2017
In this interview, Ian Harper of the Business of Weather interviews Charlie Smith and Dr. Steve Dorling, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of East Anglia, about the business opportunities of applying meteorology in the energy sector, especially for business start-ups and SMEs.
About the participants
Charlie Smith is Executive Director, of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and a past editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Mr. Smith received the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2014. He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG). Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry.
Dr. Steve Dorling is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science at the University of East Anglia. As a Chartered Meteorologist since 1997, Dr. Dorling specializes in training and in research which addresses energy-, food- and water security concerns. In 2001 he co-founded Weatherquest Ltd and since then has acted as Innovations Director of this SME which provides weather and climate services to the energy, agriculture, water, media and transport sectors. Steve is co-author of the text “Operational Weather Forecasting” published by Wiley and has held previous positions with Environment Canada and the UK Met Office.