On September 21, 2010 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum presented “Clean Tech Breakfast: Smart Grid.” Kris Brown of PricewaterhouseCoopers moderated panelists Lee Burrows of VantagePoint Venture Partners, Drew Clark of IBM Venture Capital Group, Andy Colman of GRIDiant Corporation, Steve Goldberg of Venrock and Jon Guice of AltaTerra Research. The recent San Bruno gas pipeline explosion has underlined the importance of building, maintaining and monitoring complex energy infrastructure. The panel discussed the investment potential of integrating large industrial and small residential technologies into systems that save energy and make money. Drew Clark thinks that the smart grid will be built off the core network. This will lead to the growth of high margin service businesses to the enterprise. John Guice had a great slide breaking the smart grid into network levels: transmission, subtransmission, distribution, facility and device. Creating any savings or efficiencies at any level is where the opportunities exist on the smart grid.
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