BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) - KEMA President and Managing Director Hugo van Nispen will discuss recent developments for the smart grid and electric utilities, and their implications to the natural gas industry, as he presents his perspectives on the "Utility of the Future" at 9:45-10:45 a.m., September 20, at the Western Energy Institute (WEI) 2010 Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

"What we're hearing in our discussions with clients and with participants at our 2010 Utility of the Future leadership forum is that the energy and utility industry is entering into the next phase of building the utility future," said van Nispen. "The situation has again become more complex -- there are a lot of questions, demands, and uncertainties. There are also great opportunities to redefine the utility-customer relationship, to create new business models, and to pursue a path of optionality, making decisions that enable progress today without limiting strategic options and choices in the future."

"We have to take care as we move forward to do so with eyes wide open, with an understanding absolutely of what the benefits are, and a clarity of purpose around those benefits, and with an eye towards understanding the risks and issues we must face head-on as we continue our transition to the utility of the future."

van Nispen will join other executives and professionals from the utility industry as they attend other expert presentations and discuss critical issues, common challenges, and workable solutions during this year's themed forum, "Consistency Amidst Change."

Learn more in the WEI 2010 Annual Meeting program.

About KEMA
Founded in 1927, KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. With world headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands, KEMA employs more than 1,600 professionals globally with offices and representatives in more than 20 countries. KEMA's U.S. subsidiary, KEMA Inc., is headquartered in Burlington, Mass., and serves energy clients throughout the Americas and Caribbean.

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