21 Dec '11, 11am

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2011: If you had to pick one word to sum up the key imperative for the smart grid

Top 5 Smart Grid Trends of 2011: If you had to pick one word to sum up the key imperative for the smart grid

If you had to pick one word to sum up the key imperative for the smart grid industry at the close of 2011, it would have to be “integration.” That word means different things when taken in different contexts, of course. But whether we’re talking about corporate acquisition activity in the smart grid space or the increasing pressure on utilities and vendors to tie together formerly separate systems in a working whole, it’s a useful concept to apply to some of the most important smart grid trends we’ve seen over the past year, as well as the challenges the industry faces in the year to come. So how have the driving smart grid trends of 2011 set the stage for integration challenges to come? Here’s a quick recap: 1.) Corporate M&A Yields Investor Exits, But Have They Yielded Value to Market? Take the massive number of corporate acquisitions in the smart grid industry in 2011. ...

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