DistribuTECH 2010 is in full swing in Tampa, Florida, and the new ideas and solutions flowing from the event are exciting. Maybe even mind-boggling. After all, the industry has undertaken to do no less than change the patterns of energy supply and demand—an overwhelming task, but a vital one. When you think about it, all melodrama aside, the future of the world really does hang in the balance. No wonder the place is filled with new energy (no pun intended) and new thinking.
But while traipsing through the power delivery vanguard, I was struck by the importance of a venerable old concept: partnership. It’s always helpful, but when the goal is rethinking electrical power delivery and use worldwide, partnership is essential. It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole planet full of cooperating companies to change the economy of energy. Vendors of all types will have to work together not simply to fill in each others’ solution gaps, but also—and more importantly—to build on each others’ strengths and drive each other forward. And they are.
That’s very evident at the Cisco booth, where every day 10 different Smart Grid Ecosystem members are demonstrating their partnership to reduce cost and uncertainty of deploying multivendor, grid-based communications infrastructures for customers and ecosystem members through open standards. Listen to their statements and see how they are making this happen.