month U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the “American Recovery and
Reinvestment” which included ‘nearly
$100 billion in clean energy projects.” The press materials said that “more
than $11 billion is included in the recovery to create a bigger, better,
smarter electric grid” and will “deploy 40 million ‘Smart Meters’ in American
homes, upgrading transmission and distribution technologies that have not
significantly changed in a half century.”
timing was impeccable as in late February Alstom
announced it will work with Microsoft to launch high performance solutions for
the power industry. The press release notes Alstom/Microsoft collaboration
in the areas of:
our partner Alstom is leading the way in innovative solutions for effecting
technologies that create the smart energy ecosystem of the future.
are engaged in a number of Smart Grid initiatives, as discussed on these blog
instance, our work with Itron
in the area of meter data management, announced earlier in the year is
another way that we are offering Microsoft solutions to the utility industry.
our work with partners and utilities, we respect the fact that the Smart Grid
is an evolving concept. Right now, some in the industry are engaging in debates
to define the Smart Grid to fit their products and services. Indeed, there have
been mind-numbing debates over the true definition of how a Smart Grid will be
implemented. We aren’t going there.
of the evolving views about what the Smart Grid is, Microsoft’s Worldwide Power
& Utilities Group recommends viewing the creation of the Smart Grid as a
journey, a process, or a vision and eschews hard definitions about what the
Smart Grid is or should be -- because it may change as technology and
implementation approaches evolve.
of the Smart Grid/Smart Energy Ecosystem will continue to evolve as new
equipment and new business models emerge. Microsoft will work with its partners
in a flexible, agile manner to serve the utility industry in this time of
transformation. Utilities will need to find partners whose technologies can
evolve with the Smart Grid and Smart Energy Ecosystem. Microsoft and its
partners can provide that core requirement. – Larry Kuhl, WW Utilities BD &