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Of Big Data, Penny-Pinching Utilities, and Other Smart Grid Facts of Life: The road to riches in the smart gri...

The road to riches in the smart grid will be paved with pennies. So says Andres Carvallo, a man who has worked on the public (Austin Energy ) and private (Grid Net and Proximetry Networks ) sides of the smart grid. That means he knows how stodgy utilities can be with their money, and how demanding they can be with their suppliers. Carvallo was on stage Tuesday at The Soft Grid 2012 conference in San Francisco to talk about cloud computing and the utility “big data” challenge. GTM Research projects that U.S. utilities will spend $8.2 billion on enterprise IT from 2011 to 2015 as they struggle to manage the flood of data that’s coming from smart grid deployments and integrate it into legacy IT systems. But just because utilities desperately need help in achieving their enterprise IT goals doesn’t mean they’re going to spend willy-nilly on them, Carvallo said. With stimulus m...

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