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Smart Grid Sister City Partnership Advances

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
April 10, 2012


Date: 04/10/2012 Description: A scene from the recent MRSK visit. © MRSK Center Photo

Senior management officials from Belgorod’s OAO MRSK Center (Interregional Grid Distribution Company-Center) visited San Diego to meet with their counterparts at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), April 10-12. Their trip advanced the Smart Grid City-to-City partnership between San Diego and Belgorod, ongoing since 2010.

Led by CEO Dmitry Gudzhoyan, the MRSK Center delegation observed SDG&E operations and projects, including the smart grid and electric vehicle development. The group also visited one of SDG&E’s substations, and met with various high-tech partner companies, including CISCO, GE, Space Time, OSI Soft, and others. Because of MRSK Center’s new innovation program, “Smart Grid-Smart City,” Gudzhoyan took particular interest in “Smart Grid San Diego,” an initiative recently launched by SDG&E with GE and Cleantech San Diego.

Concluding the visit, the two sides have initialed a protocol of intent outlining the following priority areas of cooperation: power distribution automation, exchanging best practices in business processes, and video surveillance and security.

Click here MRSK’s press release on the visit.


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