David Manning, senior vice president and energy practice leader for the Boston-based engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., has been named as the first executive director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium.

Manning will undertake this duty as part of his responsibilities in his current role, in which he advises large utilities, energy providers, governments and developers on energy issues. Previously, he was executive vice president of external affairs and chief environmental officer for KeySpan (now National Grid).

“The new energy economy demands the highest level of power reliability and quality at a cost that keeps New York State competitive. Smart grid technology is critical to that mission,” said Manning. “I look forward to working with our public and private sector members and partners to advance the Consortium’s efforts.”

The NYS Smart Grid Consortium is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2008, with membership including local utilities and research organizations to define and work toward a common smart grid vision. Accomplishments to date include completing a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis that forms the foundation of future advocacy efforts, creating a comprehensive NYS Smart Grid Roadmap to assess economic, customer and social impacts, and concluding public filings within NY Public Service proceedings on the smart grid.