10 Nov '11, 7am

Silver Spring and the Smart Grid Fantasy Island of Maui

Silver Spring and the Smart Grid Fantasy Island of Maui

Silver Spring Networks has taken the lead in U.S. smart meter networking, but if the startup has its way, those meters will just be a jumping-off point to smart thermostats, solar panels, batteries, grid controls and the other endpoints of the smart grid. That grid doesn’t exist yet, but now Silver Spring has a chance to prove whether it can network one on a miniature scale, on the 727-square-mile island of Maui . Think of it as a test case for some of the business cases at the foundation of Silver Spring’s plans for a $150 million IPO , which may be the longest-awaited public offering in smart grid history. In a Tuesday interview, Silver Spring SVP Eric Dresselhuys laid out that vision as “touching the whole value chain” of smart grid improvements envisioned in Maui, from matching home energy usage with small-scale solar and wind power to balancing grid power flow with en...

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