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New Yorker Philip Wilentz powers his TV with a car cigarette lighter during 2003′s massive blackout. STORY HIGHLIGHTS
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JULY 26, 2010United States Smart Grid Policy 2010
IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF TEN KEY STATES DRIVING DEPLOYMENT
The smart grid will be an essential component of state power scenarios as energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates proliferate across the United States. Since 2009, the Federal government has awarded US$4.5 billion in stimulus funds to spur smart grid investment and demonstration. With this injection of funds and the near-term potential of a scaling smart grid, state legislators, regulators, utilities and grid operators are surveying the stakes of commercial integration and laying boundaries for the sector via policy and pilot initiatives.
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Jul 20, 2010
It’s easy to figure a strategy for surviving a tidal wave … run like hell for the high ground.
It’s more difficult to apply that thinking to the Smart Grid. We can see the wave is about to hit the shore… but which way is the high ground? Should a utility start offering all sorts of new energy services behind the meter? Or become a wires-only utility and leave the new services to others? Or compete with the EnerNOCs of the world? Or partner with them? Or emigrate to New Zealand to herd sheep?
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Jul 15, 2010
In separate stories, we’ve described how Cisco’s home energy management initiative reveals the underpinnings of the grid’s first operating system. And how Microsoft’s bureaucratic stupidity caused it to miss this billion-dollar opportunity.
I want to use this space to discuss the good and bad aspects of Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy from the utility point of view. Remember, I’m talking here about Cisco’s strategy, not about its current offerings, which still fall far short of the company’s long-term goals.
Let’s Start with the Good News
There is a lot to like about the idea of a standard operating system for the grid. For instance:
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Jul 15, 2010
Cisco is one of America’s great companies. But that doesn’t mean it has a lock on creating thegrid’s first operating system. I see at least five challenges in its way.
Finding the right business model. Can Cisco really foist the cloud computing model onto utilities? After all, utilities make money by building and owning assets. Those assets go into their rate base, on which they earn a regulated return. And utilities notoriously prefer to have close control of all their systems.
Helping utilities find the right business model. Today, utilities are asked to spend
Jul 15, 2010
More than a year ago, I gave you an early warning of Cisco’s end-to-end smart grid strategy. Later in 2009, Tulane professor Geoffrey Parker stopped by with an important survival guide to the impending smart grid platform.
With the recent announcement of the Cisco home energy management solution, Cisco’s Smart Grid strategy is becoming ever more clear. The company describes its offerings as “an innovation platform.” I think you’ll get a better sense of its impact if you think of it as the grid’s first operating system.
In this article, I’ll quickly review the home energy offering. Elsewhere in this issue, More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 24, 2010
Big equipment is going to be networked, says GE’s Steve Fludder.
General Electric will double down on the environment.
The sprawling conglomerate will spend $10 billion on research and development for products for the ecomagination group over the next five years, doubling the $5 billion spent in the inaugural five years of the program.
GE has also identified areas that will potentially allow it to cut $150 million per year out of its operating costs while reducing its environmental footprint.
Smart Energy Insights: Oncor Joins IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition; Furthers Smart Grid Collaboration
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010 Oncor Joins IBM’s Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition; Furthers Smart Grid Collaboration IBM announced that Oncor, a Texas-based utility that delivers power to more than 3 million homes and businesses, has joined the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition. This group of utilities works to further the adoption of smarter energy grids around the world and now collectively serves more than 115 million energy consumers globally.
The coalition’s first collaborative effort was the creation of a Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM), a tool that benchmarks current progress and plans long term smart grid programs. More than 70 utilities have taken the SGMM More >
Jun 8, 2010
By Peter Fox-Penner
The Smart Grid sector is hands down the fastest growing sector of the utility industry with unprecedented capacity for innovation. Smarter grid applications will redefine how utilities interact with customers using improved pricing and energy efficiency. Greater control technologies will reduce black outs and increase reliability. Distributed generation, including fuel cells and solar panels, will continue to grow steadily, especially in community-scale installations. Adopting and adapting to these changes will be one of the most absorbing changes the industry will face for the next 20 years.
This vast potential also makes the Smart Grid a highly disruptive More >