The electric power grid is the largest and most complex machine in the world and it is now critically overburdened. Climate change, available technology and the current economic crisis represent the final tipping point for a much needed overhaul.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if the grid were just 5% more efficient, the energy savings would equate to eliminating the fuel and greenhouse gas emissions from 53 million cars - one of the reasons that the DoE is supporting this effort through its Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and National Energy Technology Laboratory.
On March 30, 2009 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, IBM and Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) will formally launch a framework which provides utilities with a roadmap through their smart grid transformation - from technological to regulatory to organizational.
Guido Bartels, General Manager Global Energy & Utilities Industry at IBM
Paul D. Nielsen, Director and CEO at Carnegie Mellon SEI
Ray Jones, Intelligent Utility Network Programs Executive at IBM
Bill Wilson, Deputy Director of SEI CERT Program