26 Apr '11, 3pm

Networked Grid 2011: How Will Utilities Buy Software?

Networked Grid 2011: How Will Utilities Buy Software?

One of the panels at our upcoming Networked Grid conference will focus on Smart Grid Enterprise Architecture. As the moderator for the panel, I've asked the panelists to share some of their perspectives on the topic in advance of the conference. While some of the discussion will undoubtedly steer towards technology "speeds and feeds," details like service-oriented architecture, messaging technologies (aka enterprise service bus) and the like, an interesting side-issue popped up during a conversation I had with Dan Brancaccio, Senior Technical Architect, BRIDGE Energy Group . The issue? Money -- specifically, who pays for expensive infrastructure technology upgrades? Consider the need to upgrade an antiquated (but fully depreciated) $5,000 analog-mechanical substation device with a modern intelligent electronic device (IED) that may cost $250,000 or more. From an accounting...

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