The Emerging Smart Grid
Global Environment Fund
Global Environment Fund (GEF) is an international investment ﬁrm that invests in clean technology andemerging markets. The ﬁrm manages private equity funds totaling approximately $800 million.GEF was established in 1990 to invest in, and provide management support to, companies that makepositive contributions to environmental quality, human health and the sustainable management of naturalresources. The Firm’s investments focus especially on companies whose business operations deliver mea-surable environmental improvements through deployment of improved environmental infrastructure and“clean” technologies. GEF’s investment objective is to provide superior returns by harnessing the powerof technological innovation to promote energy sources and means of production that are cleaner, cheaper,more efﬁcient, and more sustainable.GEF Management Corporation, the General Partner of GEF’s investment funds, is an SEC-registeredinvestment management ﬁrm. GEF’s Team is an energetic group of internationally experienced investmentprofessionals with complementary backgrounds and specialized skills in private equity, project ﬁnance, legalstructuring, corporate governance and business enterprise development.
Center for Smart Energy
The Center for Smart Energy helps regions, corporations and entrepreneurs ﬁnd and pursue their best op-portunities in the emerging smart energy sector. It produces market research, economic development stud-ies, due diligence reports, publications and conferences.
Second Edition, 2006