25 April 2013
According to a report by environmental consultancy group BSR, by the year 2020, the US could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by some 360M metric tons – the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from 70M vehicles or 30M homes – thanks to smart grid systems. Those same smart grid systems could not only increase reliability, security, safety and quality of service but also help generate significant cost-savings ranging from $15 to $35B through improved efficiency, accuracy, productivity, and asset optimization
One critical element needed to realize the environmental and fiscal benefits of smart grid deployments is technology – specifically, telecommunications technologies and control platforms. These key pieces of the smart grid puzzle form the foundation for the new “Enernet”, an intelligent information network that enables the energy industry and consumers to optimize energy distribution, management, and use.
A recognized smart grid expert with nearly 40 years experience in the power and energy industry, Steven Collier is a senior IEEE member and vice president of business development for Milsoft Utility Solutions. In his Ask Me Anything (AMA), he will offer insight into the Enernet – what it is, what it does, and how the revolution in electronics, telecommunications and information technologies will affect electric utilities and their customers. AMA participants will be able to submit questions about smart grid and cyber security, which will be answered in real-time.
This IEEE Smart Grid AMA will begin at 11:00am EDT, Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group. Please note that this is an online-only event; a LinkedIn account and membership in the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group is required to participate. Becoming a member of the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group is easy and free. Join the group today by visiting http://bit.ly/IEEE-SGI_LinkedIn.
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