Thursday, 26 March 2009

Accenture forms Intelligent City Network

Despite my last post, the focus on smart grids continues. Accenture has brought together utilities and city authorities around the world committed to smart grids into what it calls the Intelligent City Network. The idea is for utility executives and city leaders to swap knowledge and experience on the planning and use of smart-grid technology and help formulate blueprints and standards for implementation.

Members include US company Xcel Energy, East China Grid Co., a Chinese transmission company; Russian Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Centre (MRSK of Centre), Dutch utility Alliander N.V. and the City of Amsterdam.

David Rouls, managing director of the transmission & distribution practice in Accenture’s Utilities industry group, said, “The implementation of ‘intelligent’ solutions such as smart grids is complex, requiring a utility and a city to collaborate at various levels on the strategy, technology, infrastructure, governance and transformation approaches needed”. From my comments yesterday it looks like security should be in there somewhere as well.

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