ZPryme, a leading research and consulting organization, located in Austin Texas, recently completed a smart grid insights study, Energy Management 3.0: Advanced systems for industrial and commercial users. The study defines energy management 3.0 as the real-time management and control of load-using and distributed load-producing devices through cloud-based applications and data bases. The study found that the migration to this end state will be led by large commercial and industrial users who see the bottom line benefit of active energy management. Further extensions to small commercial and residential sector will require software and controllers that are easy to use and low in cost. Utilities will see the benefit of these emerging platforms as a means for real time demand response, smoothing out peaks and troughs, and controlling congestion on their distribution network.
Gene Zimon is the ZPryme Advisory Board and was an advisor on this study.