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SmartGrid Transitions chronicles both the technological and professional transitions that will result from re-energizing the world.

Technology transitions are fascinating to observe as well as participate in. This site aggregates a number of sources relevant to SmartGrid technology. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Growing a massive new industry will involve significant professional transitions as well. An influx of newcomers such as myself will be needed to start new companies and do new jobs. We are all trying to learn this new space: New acronyms, new business models, new assumptions. Let's do it together!

Is this the future?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

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RPS (renewable portfolio standards) and other measures are pushing a more complex mix of energy sources onto the grid. These sources all require more intricate management than the conventional combination of base load (usually coal/hydro nuclear) and dispatchable (usually combined cycle natural gas) generation. We've been tracking a number of software and sensor providers, but this is new. Rather than try to grow a new generation of IT savvy technologists, Duke Energy outsources the grid management to Integral Analytics, a relatively new startup. It is only a pilot project, but I think we should watch this closely.

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