SOURCE: Montgomery Research

June 07, 2005 09:00 ET

Energy Industry Poised to Innovate and Build The Intelligent Network

Report From Montgomery Research and IBM Examines AMM, The New Grid, Broadband Over Powerlines, and More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- Business and technological innovation will be a major theme for the industry, as it continues to move toward building the intelligent utility network, according to the latest Energy & Utilities Project: Innovation for the Future report, the fifth annual volume of thought leadership published by Montgomery Research, Inc. and IBM Business Consulting Services.

Innovation for the Future features white papers from leaders at state and federal government agencies, such as Michael Peevey at the California Public Utilities Commission, CEOs of public companies, such as Alan H. Richardson from American Public Power Association, and industry analysts, such as Gartner's Zarko Sumic, all of whom examine various aspects of the Utility of the Future. Specific white paper topics include "The New New Grid," "Broadband Over Powerlines," "Next Generation Energy Trading," and "Goodbye AMM, Hello AMR." The book also includes Solution Provider Profiles of leading vendors in the energy and utilities sector, such as IBM, Indus Utility Systems, MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc. and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company.

"This book contains articles designed to provoke ideas around the core themes of growth, technological innovation, the war for talent, real-time information and operational effectiveness," said Michael Valocchi, IBM Business Consulting Services Partner for the Energy & Utilities industry. "It offers valuable insights, inspiration, as well as concrete examples of innovation that is paving the way toward the intelligent utility network."

With growth on the agenda at many utility companies, this year's volume stresses the opportunity to innovate. It might be time to upgrade to an automated meter management system or to view the Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements as a way to increase transparency, rather than a burden. Papers by industry experts address the lingering questions about the future of liquefied natural gas and the inevitability of the hydrogen economy. Policy makers also weigh in and explore the outlook at the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. California has always had an interesting energy history, and so the California Public Utilities Commission has something to say about the electricity markets.

Overall, the book contends, CEOs are thinking big again -- about growth, about new renewables and about how to use technology and new thinking to set a course, order capabilities, and tighten up conviction. And the general consensus is, thinking big is a good thing.

"This volume of The Energy and Utilities Project is a 'must-read' for any company struggling with the many issues facing the utilities industry," said Nick Smith, Publisher for the project. "It is a necessary resource for businesses that are serious about leadership."

To order a copy of The Energy and Utilities Project: Innovation for the Future, please call (415) 397-2400 or fill out the subscription form online at www.utilitiesproject.com.

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