Rick Geiger

Executive Director

Utilities and Smart Grid

Rick Geiger has been with Cisco for 10 years, formerly as Director of Engineering in Cisco’s Physical Security Business Unit. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Geiger was VP Engineering for GE Security in Physical Security, video surveillance and access control. Rick has in depth experience in the global utility market with more than 10 years as VP Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Itron. Presently Executive Director for Utilities and Smart Grid, on Cisco’s Business Transformation Team, Rick and the Smart Grid Vertical Team serve the Americas Utility markets with Secure, Resilient and Scalable network solutions for smart grid, advanced metering, distribution automation, utility telemetry and energy management. Rick is on the Gridwise Alliance Board of Directors and an IEEE Senior Member and Member of the Power and Energy Society.


A closer look at the disruption in the Utility Industry

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Utilities are being disrupted by Digitization, distributed energy resources, and technologies such as the Tesla power wall, the Nest thermostat, etc. Let's take a closer look into the industry.

A Recap of Digital Energy at Cisco Live

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Check out our week at Cisco Live where we discussed business outcomes, digitization, and how cybersecurity is a top concern with Energy analysts and media.

Big Themes from UTC2016: #CiscoChat Recap

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Miss our #Ciscochat following UTC 2016? Catch up with utility companies and thought leaders on how they tackle the many issues impacting IT and telecom initiatives.

Power Grid Security: Separating Reality from Hype

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We’ve all seen the news reports on power grid vulnerabilities and the possibility of an impending terror attack. Recently, Ted Koppel’s book, “Lights Out,” caused a wave of press around the issue. Similar spikes in press occurred in the year after the PG&E Metcalf substation sabotage and around the National Geographic special in October 2013, […]

5 Themes We Heard at DistribuTECH 2016

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I just got back from the 26th year of DistribuTECH, the largest annual Electric Utility Industry conference. The theme was “Focused on the Future” and the industry met to participate in sessions on working through the challenges of increasing the amount of power from renewable resources, managing the deployment of Distributed Energy Resources, and understanding […]

Tesla Powerwall May Be a Game Changer for PV Energy Production, but Distribution Networking is Vital

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During Elon Musk’s presentation of Tesla Powerwall, a battery system that lets you store energy to power your home, he shared a slide showing a small area of the Texas panhandle – with a small blue square representing the land area necessary to produce enough solar power to meet the entire electric power needs of […]

Event Recap: Cisco at the EEI Annual Convention

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I had a great time recently at the EEI Annual Convention on June 7-10 in New Orleans, LA. EEI is the Edison Electric Institute, the industry association of the Investor...

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