Microsoft, OSIsoft, and Mainstream Renewable Power Webcast Recap

Thanks to all who attended our Webcast on “Creating an Adaptive Smart Grid Framework with the Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture” last week. Special thanks to Jon Peterson of OSIsoft and John Shaw of Mainstream Renewable Power for participating in the presentation and discussion. If you missed the Webcast or would like to listen again,…

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Central Maine Power Chooses Microsoft Partner Itron (with SQL Server) for Smart Grid Initiative

We’ve written previously in this blog about tests confirming that SQL Server is more than able to handle the data tsunami that will be created by smart meter installations. Our partner Itron uses SQL Server 2008 as a core component of its Itron Enterprise Edition Meter Data Management solution (IEE MDM), and in 2008 it…

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Utilities Increasingly Finding SharePoint to be a Custom Fit

I saw recently that an analyst recognized Microsoft SharePoint as by far the most asked about portal solution, far more than any other vendor. Based on what we are seeing in the market place and the Web we would have to agree! Around the world, we are seeing SharePoint being used by customers and partners…

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Microsoft Launches Lync; Utility Knowledge Workers Benefit

For the past several years we’ve been talking a lot about collaboration and integration as core elements of the utility of the future. From regulatory compliance and sales and service, to generation and delivery, utility knowledge workers will increasingly respond to new complexities in their business operations with the help of software that reaches out,…


Telvent and Microsoft Announce Smart Grid Focus

We’ve been working hard over the last few years behind the scenes with our partner Telvent, a global IT solutions and business information services provider, to strengthen various next generation smart grid solutions available to utilities. Today we made it official with a press release outlining our collaboration effort. Please take a moment to check…

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New Study Confirms Energy Savings Possible with the Cloud

There has been some irony in the couple of weeks with the juxtaposed publication of two studies. The lessons from both have great applicability to utilities. The Oct. 26 Wall Street Journal article “Misleading Claims on “Green” Labeling” touted a terrachoice study about the prevalence of “greenwashing…the act of misleading consumers about the environmental practices…

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Join Microsoft, OSIsoft, and Mainstream Renewable Power for a Complimentary Webcast: "Creating an Adaptive Smart Grid Framework"

We are very pleased to announce a complimentary webcast with our partner OSIsoft and customer Mainstream Renewable Power on "Creating an Adaptive Smart Grid Framework with the Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture".  We are very excited to have John Shaw, CIO of Mainstream Renewable Power participating in this event and sharing his experiences on implementing…


Yoda Speaks

Yoda was one of the most renowned and powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history, who was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in light saber combat according to the collaborative publishing platform Wikia. Over the years I had the pleasure of listening to Ray Ozzie speak numerous times. Some before…


NIST Collects New Group of Smart Grid Advisors

A few weeks ago I was very honored to receive an appointment to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Advisory Committee along with 12 other members from across the U.S. utility industry, as you can read about here. The purpose of the group is to serve as advisers to NIST Director…


Italian Town Succeeds in Using Wind Energy

Yesterday’s New York Times carries an international story about a small Italian town, Tocco Da Casauria, that has succeeded in combating its resource-challenged location. The story notes how Tocco’s new wind turbines, which are the new, quieter type, generates surplus electricity that the town sells into the grid to pay for extra municipal services. It’s…

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