Archive | April, 2012

Chattanooga Steams Ahead with a New Economic Engine

It’s easy to feel pessimistic about the state of infrastructure in the U.S.  Everywhere you look, there are signs that the nation is not investing in technology and systems that are badly needed to support the U.S. economy in the 21st century.  The airways are clogged and burdened by outdated air traffic control systems.  Bridges [...]

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A Different View of the Smart Grid

What exactly is a smart grid?  You’ll probably get a different response every time you ask the question (that is, if you don’t get a blank stare).  Maggie Koeth Baker, science editor at, put it well in an article last week.  The smart grid isn’t a single thing, she wrote: “A smart grid is [...]

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Advanced Distribution Automation: It’s Here, and It’s Working

Last week, at Greentech Media’s Networked Grid 2012 conference, I was honored to serve as a panelist on the session titled “Distribution Automation 2.0.”  We had a good discussion about the state of technology for distribution automation, and advancements that are (or will) enable greater grid reliability and efficiency.  DA has also been a topic in [...]

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