Dr. Avnaesh Jayantilal, IEEE Smart Grid technical expert and Senior Member of IEEE, is the Global Activity Manager for the Integrated Distribution Management Systems (IDMS) product line at Alstom Grid.
In this interview, Dr. Avnaesh Jayantilal finds some bumps in the road in his update on Smart Grid deployment two years after the U.S. Department of Energy grants. But while some missteps have been made, electric utilities in general are making good progress.
Question: A year ago, Smart Grid deployment seemed to be on a fast track. In the U.S., billions of dollars in Department of Energy seed money were coming online. Europe and other parts of the world seemed, if anything, to be a little ahead of the game. Has anything changed?