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As regular readers will recall, we published a Guest Editorial at the beginning of last year in our January-February 2010 issue, authored by Jon Brock, President of Desert Sky Consulting Group, in which he pondered the stage of Smart Grid development.
By Daniel Yates, CEO/Founder and Alex Laskey, President/Founder
I guess you could say that Opower is a different kind of company – a really different kind of company. While at first it seems that they’re just another "Smart Grid" company.
Tom Damon and Josh Wepman; Leidos (formerly SAIC)
Building a smarter grid is difficult. It is never an easy undertaking when a utility, large or small, is faced with making major investment decisions, especially when they can represent a similar order of magnitude as would be required for building a new power plant or transmission line.
Ian Mitton, Worldwide Director-HP Enterprise Business for the Utilities Industry and Roy J. Pratt, CTO-HP Enterprise Services, Energy Industry (Utilities) Hewlett-Packard Company
The utility industry is at a crossroads and the introduction of smart grid technology introduces disruptive effects.
Guerry Waters, Vice President of Industry Strategy; Oracle Utilities
To maximize the benefits from smart grid programs like demand response and net metering, utilities will need to know a lot more about their customers than they do today.
Jeff Evans, Executive Consultant; Enspiria Solutions, Inc. – A Black & Veatch Company
Utilities across North America are implementing Smart Grid projects – many in the US doing so with matching funding from the DOE and with expectations of regulatory recovery of expenditures.
Daryl Williamson, Vice President of Customer Support; Pulaski Electric Systems and Randy Phelps, COO; BillingTree
As customers become more willing to receive alerts from utility companies and pay their bills through their cell phones, utilities need to follow the lead of electric companies such as Pulaski in integrating innovative ways of applying the Internet and mobile phones in order to provide customers with more convenient, flexible and timely information.
William T. (Tim) Shaw, PhD, CISSP
It seems as if one of the major points of conflict and disagreement concerning cyber security standards and recommended practices derives from the “no man’s land” that exists between the reality of computer-based automation systems and the ideal world of the IT security standard.
Gay Gordon-Byrne, President & Co-founder; TekTrakker
Customer facing equipment – e.g., in home displays and enabling technologies – will transform the customer support services that utilities will be called upon to provide.

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