Microsoft Joins Smart Grid Project in Austin

On December 2, Microsoft participated in a press conference announcing its involvement with the Austin Energy Pecan Street Project, which is billed as a “smart grid” and “utility redesign” effort by city and utility officials. In making the announcement at the annual Clean Energy Ventures Summit, Austin city council member Brewster McCracken, said “Austin has…

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Utilities Embracing New Technology Concepts like Cloud, Software Plus Services and Modular Data Centers

While utilities tend to be a conservative lot – particularly how they ensure reliability and supplies – our experience in the Microsoft Worldwide Utilities Group is that they are changing rapidly as they search for technologies that help with the environment, improve operational efficiencies and enable new business models. For instance, when we talk to…


Microsoft Hosting CIM Conference December 15 in Redmond

It’s probably an understatement to say that we live in a time of significant change.  This is certainly for the Power and Utilities industries as the energy ecosystem evolves from an industry centered on an environmentally unfriendly business model to one that embraces renewables, much cleaner fossil fuels, the smart grid, demand response and other…