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The Weathervane that is Distributech

By Marcus Torchia

I personally embrace industry trade shows as a way to learn, make new connections, and reconnect with friends and old acquaintances. When I attend conferences, I have the (rare) opportunity to step out of the analyst role and use those moments to listen and ask questions in, what I consider, an informal setting, where people are less scripted and generally more at ease. Though there are folks who are always scripted and seldom at ease with an industry analyst.  That's the nature of the beast I suppose.

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Accenture Adds INDE to Smart Grid Architectures

By Jill Feblowitz

Accenture recently announced the availability of its new INDE platform for the smart grid.   The platform is built using the experience Accenture gained in Xcel Energy’s Smart Grid City project in Boulder, Colorado.  The promise of the offering is that it will provide utilities with one common platform to view store, manage, view and analyze data collected from sensing devices on the grid.   Up to this point, there has been a lot of attention to management of smart meter data,

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Andres Carvallo, one of the most well known names in the smart grid arena, has announced that he is leaving his post as CIO at Austin Energy to join Grid Net as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.  In making this move he is following in the recent footsteps of a number of previous utility innovators including: Ray Gogel, Chief Administrative Officer at Xcel Energy who left to become COO at CURRENT Group Mike Carlson, CIO at Xcel Energy who left to take an EVP post at GridPoint Terry Mo

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I had a lot of fun thinking about titles for this blog entry.  I also considered "Fair Warning", "A Short Olive Branch", "The Times They Are A-Changing". You probably will get the point that I see SG network communications impacted by the (U.S.) National Broadband Plan. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) was released yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission. In the 168 page 17 chapter report, the FCC reports on the NBP's relevance, considerations and recommendations for the smart grid in Chapt

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Advanced lead acid (ALA) battery manufacturer Firefly Energy has closed its doors. It's another disappointing development in the highly hyped field of ALA. While much of the blame for the company's demise is being laid at the door of the Department of Energy for not providing grants and loans, the real villain in this story is probably plain old chemistry.

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This week the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Energy announced an agreement that grantees of ARRA smart grid funds will not be taxed by the government. Now mind you funds have still not been distributed. In the announcement's details, the Internal Revenue Service gives safe harbor under section 118(a) of the Internal Revenue Code for corporations that receive funding under the ARRA grant program.  A collective sigh of relief is being heard in the media though some comments that accompany

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E.ON has hired Goldman Sachs to help with the sale of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric.  That leaves National Grid, EDF and Iberdrola as three of the few European utilities with a presence in the U.S.  European ownership has made its mark on U.S.-based utilities in many ways, including, for some, in IT strategy and infrastructure.   It's been quite awhile since U.S. based utilities ventured into Europe, and now the economy seems to have Europeans dep

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Well over a year ago (prior to the launch of this blog) I wrote a newsletter article titled Lessons from the Mainframe Era - Don't Stifle Innovation!  It revisited IBM's decision in 1969, in response to an antitrust suit from the U.S. Justice Department, to unbundle its hardware and software - enabling 3rd parties to develop software on IBM hardware and unleasing a wave of innovation that created the software industry as we know it today.  The article drew an analogy to the utility industry of tod

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