Smart grid tech implementations becomes "Disruptive" revealed Microsoft survey

Only 8% of utilities around the world have completed their smart grid technology implementations while 37% have projects underway and more than half haven’t yet started, according to Microsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2010, released at CERAWeek 2010 in Houston. Microsoft surveyed almost 200 professionals within electric, gas and water utilities and related companies around […]

Only 8% of utilities around the world have completed their smart grid technology implementations while 37% have projects underway and more than half haven’t yet started, according to Microsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2010, released at CERAWeek 2010 in Houston. Microsoft surveyed almost 200 professionals within electric, gas and water utilities and related companies around the world, and highlights a range of challenges — from financial and regulatory to technology and return on investment — for utilities already unsure of the right path to building the smart grid. Microsoft says “63% respondents in America think the information technologies available aren’t sufficient to address future challenges, while 45% and 42% respondents in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific respectively believe they’re insufficient.” “Respondents worldwide cite financial concerns — both costs and return on investment — as the main challenge to smart grid development. They also cite regulatory factors as the most influential to smart grid technology deployment decisions.”

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