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Cisco: Lighting up the Smart Grid

…cited to report progress on a number of fronts related to our Smart Grid business. We are working with new customers, adding talent to our team and engaging with partners to put into place the pieces of a comprehensive, Smart Grid strategy.  Yesterday, we announced an exciting new engagement with ENMAX, a leading Canadian utility that serves more than 600,000 customers in the Calgary region.   Together, we will work to…


Smart Grid & Spectrum – Setting the Record Straight

…– spectrum that the utilities could themselves use for their own deployments.  In a recent filing at the FCC, Cisco provided its thoughts on how the FCC might evaluate policies to promote and accelerate the use of smart grid technologies across the country.  As it turns out,  a portion of our filing was misrepresented in a blog and elsewhere on the internet, stating that we do not support additional spectrum allocations for…


People Power: Smart Grid is About More Than Just Smart Technology

…’re addressing a critical piece of the climate change puzzle: empowering consumers to help reduce global warming by being smarter about their own behavior. Smart Meters As part of my research for a recent article about Smart Grid Strategies for a Global Marketplace on News@Cisco, I interviewed Kjartan Skaugvoll, vice president and general manager of Sales at Nuon, a Dutch utility company. He feels strongly that consumers can play a big…


Cisco Smart Grid Momentum: Announcing our new Smart Grid Business Unit SVP/GM

…a market adjacency that has the possibility of becoming Cisco’s largest opportunity since the Internet. As we announced today relationships with new partners, customers and industry organizations to make the vision of Smart Grid a reality, we’re also lining up an all-star cast to manage Cisco’s efforts in this exciting space. I’m extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Ipsen as the new Senior Vice…


Smart Grids: Dept of Energy Report & Cisco Thoughts, Part 2

…casted market trending. Of note were the key areas of Pricing and Regulatory Process, and why both were only marked as Moderate for future trending, given their core role in paying for utilities’ massive investments in SmartGrid through more modern billing models and tariff policies. In Part 2 of this blog series, I’ll focus on a couple of the more IT-related areas of the 20 Smart Grid components noted in this report. (Caveat: I am…