A look back at the year in smart grid


This past year saw grid advances and grid disasters, grid successes and grid failures. This wrap up brings you some of the biggest smart grid stories of 2012, as well as a look at 2013 and beyond.

1. Smart Grid Successes and Failures

In 2012, the nation found a leader in California in terms of moving the smart grid forward. The California utilities are the forefront, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) weren't afraid to share both their successes and lessons learned with FierceSmartGrid.

In 2013, California will continue to lead the nation in terms of smart grid evolution, followed by Texas, Florida, and New York, predicts Zpryme CEO and Director of Research Jason Rodriguez.

"SCE, PG&E, SDG&E, Duke, Oncor, AEP, Con Edison, Austin Energy, CenterPoint and FPL (Florida Power and Light) are some of the major utilities that will be at the forefront of next-generation smart grid deployments," Rodriguez said. "The next step for progressive utilities will be to optimize their grids across transmission, distribution, customers, and distributed energy sources."

This could take some time, he added, depending on each utility's individual budget constraints.   

Smart grid successes -- and failures
California investor owned utilities turn smart grid revolution into smart grid evolution
Oncor shares DMS lessons
TX, CA utilities share smart grid successes
California utilities rank IT/OT needs

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