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Problem-solving innovations to lead smart grid rollout

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, February 03, 2012

After the largest U.S.-based electric grid industry conference wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas, many were left with a renewed sense of what the future of the smart grid holds, and what it will need to fully actualize, The Energy Collective reports.

According to the news source, DistribuTECH saw representation from the entire value chain for electricity, with vendors revealing products for the generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of electricity.

But the products that will drive the most innovation will be those that resolve issues that cause trouble rather than those that improve an existing situation, the media outlet stated.

For example, the products that address security in energy distribution - a problem that has arisen as the smart grid has been linked to U.S. critical infrastructure - will be the focus of the government in the near future.

As the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) work to reduce the risks of blackouts, utilities will need to comply with more stringent requirements.

SUBNET helps utilities adhere to such standards by leveraging existing assets instead of replacing or upgrading all hardware and software.

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