Pike Research (free registration required for download of report), the energy consulting firm in Colorado, has issued a report with their view on smart grid trends for 2011. Includes:
- An increased focus on smart grid security
- "The Bakersfield Effect," which is the name for the luddite backlash against smart grids, will continue and amplify as smart grids are rolled out and become more visible
- Standards (like USNAP) will begin to catch up with deployment
- A "data tsunami" will be created from all the data coming from smart grid systems, requiring massive investment in data management and analysis
As a software consultant, the last point is very interesting. I hope my employer is able to jump into this field as opportunities accelerate.