Enterprise Technology Slideshow: Smart Grid: 7 Reasons Why It Matters

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 03-24-2010
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Smart Grid: 7 Reasons Why It Matters

Smart Grid: 7 Reasons Why It Matters

No. 1 Reliability and efficiency are driving smart grid strategies. Executives say their top priorities are: -improving service reliability/operational efficiency (45%) -implementing smart metering (41%) -developing demand response and energy efficiency programs (37%)
With the Obama Administration having earmarked $3.4 billion in Recovery Act funds to spur the energy industry's transition to a smart energy grid, the impetus is clearly there for utilities to start making progress on this important modernization of the nation's energy delivery system. Oracle polled C-level executives from its substantial roster of energy industry clients, providing a glimpse at where the smart grid transition effort stands.

What Oracle found is that while progress may appear glacial, with just one in five utilities saying it's moving forward on system-wide smart grid deployment, many are simply in an earlier stage on that path, and most have substantial expectations regarding what the smart grid will deliver. The following slides provide a snapshot of how utility executives view the transition.



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