America's electric power grid hasn't changed much since the days of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Everything else has. Imminent local and global challenges from climate change to global competition make today’s approaches to planning, operating and managing the electric grid obsolete. Only the best combination of electronics, telecommunications and information technologies will ensure that consumers receive acceptable reliability, economy, sustainability, safety and customer service. The public Internet is the obvious only foundation for the new Smart Grid, but most electric utilities have yet to understand or embrace this. For this reason it’s likely that non-utility entities will have a central role in advancing the Smart Grid. Learn why a Smart Grid is essential for our future, what it’s key components are, and why electric utilities have such a hard time moving it forward. See how the Smart Grid will have to be an “e-grid” . . . or maybe the iGrid? . . . and maybe largely independent of today's incumbent electric utilities.
9th–13th March 2012