14 Aug '12, 6pm

The Soft Grid: 10 Trends to Watch

The Soft Grid: 10 Trends to Watch

As the California Independent System Operator asks for voluntary cooperation in reducing energy use as it climbs toward peak usage, Greentech Media opened up its conference, The Soft Grid 2012, in San Francisco to discuss how big data is coming to the utility world and what it means for grid reliability and customer service. Imagine a future where the ISO or individual utility doesn’t have to issue a blanket call for action to conserve power. Instead, integrated systems could dynamically manage the flow and use of power to cut where needed, without customers ever noticing. That’s the promise of big data analytics in the world of electrical power, but it’s not here yet. In most utilities, information technology and operational technology are still siloed. But that’s about to change. To prepare, or adapt, to the onslaught of data coming off everything from smart meters to sy...

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