Jose Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio | May 17, 2010
Smart Grid Trends: Deja Vu All Over Again? Advice on how to avoid becoming the next CompuServe is a timely article written by John Steinberg is the CEO of EcoFactor. Last year, it won the national grand prize at the Cleantech Open. He speaks this week at The Networked Grid. Next is a post I added under his article.
Thank you Mr. Steinberg,
You have written an excellent post. Just like the post I added under the Greentech Media article “How EVs Will Save the Smart Grid,” which I quote below and that can be read at the Internet address, your article is in synchronicity with the emerging Electricity Without Price Control Architecture Framework (EWPC-AF). The EWPC-AF is described in the Internet link.
I complement your post on how to open the power industry to innovations to minimize the huge value destruction in the making. I have been reading about the service mark ElectriNet of EPRI and I guess it may be one clear example of the "the walled gardens," you mentioned.
Why EPRI? According to Greentech Media Eric Wesoff’s company profile, of February 23rd, 2010, “EPRI is funded largely by utilities, primarily to do development in the short term (less than 5 year timeframe), but their Technology Innovation (TI) program works on longer-term opportunities (5 to 20 years).”
My interest in ElectricNet (SM) arose after reading a paper by Clark W. Gellings, a highly respected fellow at EPRI, in the in Spring 2010 issue of "The Bridge," a quarterly publication of the equally highly respected National Academy of Engineering, which is centered on the ElectricNet as an architecture for managing the power grid of the future. The "walled garden" is enabled with a series of incremental extensions of the century old and obsolete Investor Owned Utilities Architecture Framework (IOUs-AF), like (1) the homogeneous smart grid, (2) ElectricNet, and according to the paper the emerging (3) "Dynamic Energy Management."
In the story I wrote in “How EVs Will Save the Smart Grid,” I am able to identify the “walled garden” in the IOUs-AF incremental extensions. “The integral solution is about effectiveness. The piecemeal smart meter efficiency solution for the utilities is getting in the way of the long term solution for the whole society. Behind the scenes of the story is an obsolete business model of utilities winning rate cases to a regulator, which is bound to be replaced by business model innovations – the Next Big Thing.
This is the summary of my review adapted to your article. In order to tear down the "walled gardens," the EWPC-AF is designed for leading the whole power industry into the future. For another public detail available in the EWPC Blog (which has more than 200 posts at the time), please take a look at the EWPC article “State Governments Need to Unleash the Benefits of the Next Big Thing,” at the Internet address.
Good luck this week at The Networked Grid