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The achievements of the smart grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's been almost 10 years since the first smart grid projects unfolded, and in the last decade, many utilities have seen huge improvements - and failures - that will both help drive further innovation in the  decades to come, Fierce SmartGrid reports.

According to the media outlet, one of the largest problems utilities have faced in the first 10 years of smart grid deployments has been interoperability. However, from the failures some utilities have seen have come new solutions that are helping not only that utility's operation, but are having wide reaching effects throughout the industry. Pepco, for example, completed a detailed assessment of its assets prior to installing smart grid technologies, and found that some legacy equipment was made by vendors who had gone out of business, and noted many legacy integration problems.

"We underestimated the change management challenge, so we lost time.  But there is a reward if you put in the time to get it right," said Karen Lefkowitz, vice president of business transformation at Pepco. "If you confront and overcome the barriers, you end up with a much stronger foundation for your organization."

SUBNET's solutions can help utilities overcome legacy issues, and solve a host of other smart grid challenges.

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