Jason Handley, P.E. is the Director of Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations in the Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. He is a respected utility industry professional based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jason has over 20 years of utility experience specializing in the smart grid, distributed intelligence, and operations management. Jason excels at understanding the increasingly complex utility environment, managing the new digital utility workforce, and delivering on the execution and financials of technology projects. In his current role, Jason identifies and develops new technologies impacting the electrical grid and oversees all of the ongoing operational aspects on new technology pilot projects in Duke Energy’s Smart Grid Emerging Technology group. In addition to being a past Chairman of EPRI’s IntelligGrid Program Advisory Committee P161 and serving on the Board of Directors for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Jason serves on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee, the SAS Utility Advisory Board, the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, and numerous other committees. Jason received his electrical engineering degree from Auburn University and his MBA at Wake Forest University. He has been a registered professional engineer since 2002 and received his electrical contractor’s unlimited license in 2009.