Bob Gilligan is the vice president of digital energy for GE Energy Services. His team is responsible for delivering reliable power delivery and integrated smart grid solutions to the electric utilities. He can be reached at [email protected].
Bob Gilligan is the vice president of digital energy for GE Energy Services. His team is responsible for delivering reliable power delivery and integrated smart grid solutions to the electric utilities
As a global advocate of a smarter grid, Bob has addressed key audiences at numerous policy and industry events. Some highlights include providing testimony on Capitol Hill and keynote addresses at CIRED in Prague, the Australian Energy Summit in Sydney and GridWeek in Washington DC. Bob's expertise has been sought by numerous media professionals, and he has contributed most recently to smart grid features in Fortune, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters.
Bob began his GE career in 1990 with GE Medical Systems (now GE Healthcare) where he held a series of assignments in service operations and global product management. In 1996, Bob joined GE Industrial Systems, where he held several leadership positions including general manager of the automation technology solutions business. In 2004, Bob joined GE Energy as the general manager and now vice president of the transmission and distribution business. In 2007, Bob received a GE Chairman's Award from Jeff Immelt for his leadership of the T&D business. Chairman's awards are designed to recognize and reward stellar accomplishments in three key areas: performance, initiatives and leadership.
Bob holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University. He can be reached at [email protected].
We've been pushing ahead on smart grid efforts at a very aggressive pace for months, but not without our share of speed bumps and lessons learned along the way. One of the most challenging obstacles to overcome as we move along the road to a smarter grid is consumer education. Policymakers or regulators have to respond to the demands of the public.
While much progress has been made toward developing a smarter grid in the U.S., further strides must still be taken. Leaders from business, utilities and government recapped work so far and mapped out next steps at the GridWeek Conference.