Jose Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio | Sep 21, 2010
As far as I know, the quote “the regulator as the ultimate customer” to “the customer as the ultimate regulator” was made by KEMA Consulting. The upgrade to the smart grid definition is mine. The definition emerged from an insight to respond a question posed by moderator, Kenneth Westrick, Chief Executive Officer, 3TIER Inc., in the Broadcast Session “Energizing Leadership – Lessons for all Nations,” this afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at the GridWise Global Forum in Washington, D.C.
As the smart grid is generally perceived to have many components, which may be selected to address pressing issues one at a time, he asked to representatives from Australia, Israel, Brazil, South Africa and India, about the priorities each nation had. The new definition shifts the priority from the government to the customers, after global governments restructure the power industry in a systemic holistic way to address most cross-cutting issues simultaneously.
How that must be done is explained in my response to Katherine Tweed,September 21, 2010, article Build a System, Tell the People: Samuel Palmisano argues at GridWise that the smart grid must be designed, and it must be designed for the energy consumer.”
Thank you for a fast coverage of the conference. I am joining virtually through twitter.
After questioning whether Palmisano had said “systematic” or “systemic,” I received the following tweet: @smarterplanet: @gmh_upsa thanks, you are correct, it was “systemic.” correcting now.
Then I sent this tweet: @gmh_upsa: @smarterplanet You are welcome! #gridwise systemic leverage of is on the demand side. That was how IMB lost to PCs as will lose utilities. And this other: RT @smarterplanet: “To reinvent energy & utilities to meet the needs of 21st century, we need to take a truly systemic approach” Palmisano @ #gridwise
I am pleased to agree with Mr. Palmisano “... that there must be clarity of the system’s purpose to design a smart grid, and that the purpose has to also be realized by consumers, who must become active participants to truly realize the full benefits of an intelligent grid. “We haven’t cracked the code on conveying the importance to the individual,” he said. “I don’t think it will happen through dashboards.”
I claim to have “cracked the code,” as I have worked very hard to design the smart electric power system as an emerging whole. Vertically integrated utilities and organized wholesale markets have the same fate that IBM had with the emergence of the PCs, as value migration shifted from the supply side to the demand side.
As most of the smart grid stimulus funds are under control of risk averse utilities, it will take a strong leadership act for the US to regain control of the leadership in the electric power industry, as I explain in the EWPC article Which Country Will Take the Leadership of a Global Vision for Advancing Grids for Customers?
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