Lightning in the Cloud: How IT-Based Innovation Will Enable the Smart Grid

Last week the Obama Administration released a report A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future. The report lays out policy recommendations to extend existing efforts to develop the smart grid as part of a long-term strategy for job growth, innovation and consumer benefits. Just as the Internet’s value comes from the services and devices that utilize the network and from users integrating those services into their daily lives, the smart grid too can become an ecosystem for innovation.