The Evolution of the Smart Grid πŸ—“

— underlying causes, changing technologies, business models, adverse effects, disruptions, evolution …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM (PT)
Speaker: Steven E. Collier, Director, Smart Grid Strategies
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
RSVP: required
Event Details & Registration: smartgrid.ieee.org
Summary: Carl Sagan said, “You have to know the past to understand the present”. Most everyone knows something about the emerging smart grid. However, not everyone knows the whole story about how and why the smart grid began. It is not only fascinating, but also useful to understand the underlying causes that led to the emergence and continuing development of a smart grid. It’s all about changing technologies and business models. For a variety of reasons, the foundations of the century old legacy electric grid began to erode in the 1970s during the aftermath of the OPEC oil embargo. Longstanding favorable economics, acceptable reliability, stable monopoly business model, and standard utility operations were adversely affected. During this time, disruptive new technologies began to emerge to produce, store, and manage energy, both on the supply side and the demand side. New business models and new market participants emerged as well. The smart grid will continue to evolve as technology and business models continue to change.
Bio: Steve Collier writes, speaks and consults widely on issues and technologies related to the smart grid. He has worked for more than forty years as a professional engineer, executive, consultant, board member for energy, telecommunications, and consulting companies in the US and abroad, including Houston Lighting & Power, Power Technologies, Inc., Sandia National Labs, C. H. Guernsey & Company, Cap Rock Electric Cooperative, the Institute for Management Development and Change, Util-LINK LLC, and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative. He has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Houston and Purdue University respectively. He has served as chairman of the IEEE IAS Rural Electric Power Committee, a member of the board of directors of IAS, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Education and Operations Committees.