WASHINGTON, DC - 24 Sep 2008: Consistent with its efforts to drive collaborative innovation and foster business model transformation within the energy and utilities industry, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today at GridWeek 2008 announced it has joined the Electric Power Research Institute's IntelliGrid(R) program to help create the enabling technology and methodologies for the smart power grid.
The smart grid overlays the electricity network with communications and computer control. When this enabling infrastructure is matched with smart grid applications in transmission, distribution, or within a customer portal, it is expected that the resulting smart grid will be able to deliver significant gains in reliability, capacity, demand response, and value-added customer services, according to EPRI.
Research conducted through EPRI's IntelliGrid program provides member utilities with the methodologies, tools, recommendations for standards, and unbiased assessments of technologies when implementing new system-wide technology solutions for advanced metering, distribution automation, demand response, and wide-area monitoring and control.
"The concept of a smart grid -- including how it can be built and the benefits it would offer -- is at the heart of IBM's view on the future of energy and we are currently helping energy and utility companies address smart grid requirements for over 100 million consumers globally," said Guido Bartels, general manager, IBM Energy & Utilities Industry. "We look forward to collaborating with EPRI to drive the ongoing development of the IntelliGrid program which will enable interoperability across an energy and utility company's products and systems."
"The IntelliGrid research program includes over 50 members that include utilities, manufacturers, vendors and integrators," stated Arshad Mansoor, Vice President of Power Delivery and Utilization for EPRI. "These members are looking to better understand how to define their applications as well as their requirements for a smart grid infrastructure. With IBM, we have added another valuable perspective to this program that will help us continue to accelerate the development of standards for an interoperable smart grid infrastructure"
IBM's involvement with the IntelliGrid program complements the company's ongoing activities with industry groups such as GridWise Alliance and the Global Intelligent Network Coalition, among others.
IBM was a founding member of GridWise, a consortium of 70 public and private stakeholders who are aligned around a shared vision of an electric system that integrates infrastructure, processes, devices, information and market structure, so that energy can be generated, distributed and consumed more reliably and cost effectively. The alliance's messages are also taken to elected officials, public policy agencies, and the private sector, stressing the need to build a 21st century utility infrastructure that can serve as an enabling platform for demand management, improved energy efficiency, and allow for the integration of electricity generated from clean, renewable energy sources.
The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition is comprised of leading edge companies around the world that are not only implementing intelligent networks in their own markets, but are actively promoting their use across the world. An example of this group's commitment to the industry and intelligent utility networks is the development of the Smart Grid Maturity Model, a framework to guide utilities in planning their smart grid transformations.
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