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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

A strategic road map to smart grid success

By John McDonald IEEE Fellow
Connected Planet, MARCH 1, 2010
Creating a smarter grid is the "checkered flag" our industry has been eyeing for years — long before the term "smart grid" was coined. We’ve developed the technology and assembled the pieces, but deployment has been confined to local exits from the slow lane.

Now, with stimulus funding and increasing consumer awareness, it’s time to move smart grid into the express lane. We have a phenomenal opportunity to accelerate smart grid deployment, and we’ll need a strategic road map in place to optimize the integration of smart technologies into our infrastructure. We also need to shift gears from traditional "siloed" processes to a strategic, holistic drive toward energy delivery.

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