Yet another smart grid group launches forum


By Jesse Berst


Quick Take: Humans are tribal and whenever there is an important new trend, small groups converge to create their own tribes rather than joining an existing group. In that spirit, the smart grid sector has gained a new association, this one called by the odd moniker of SmartGridiX. I fail to understand the need to add yet another association. But I'm sure the founders intentions are noble, and I wish them well.


With its new website, SmartGridiX - the iX for infrastructure - aims to create a clearinghouse and forum for "developing viable business cases for Smart Grid 2.0." It seems to me that charter is fulfilled in large part by the government-funded Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse, not to mention the government-funded and partially redundant And I fail to see why we need yet another association when the sector already has terrific groups including DRSG, EEI, EPRI, IEEE, GridWise Alliance, GridWise Architecture Council, SGCC, SGIP and others.


What's your take? Are we better off with a long list of overlapping groups? Or would we be better served by increasing our support of the existing venues? If the latter, which associations are most deserving and most valuable to the cause? Use the Comment form below.


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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.