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Smart Grid: Communicate, Interact,
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Nobody appreciates the intricacy of the power grid better than the manufacturers that produce the products that run it. Given that it is regarded as one of the most complicated systems ever invented, people haven’t needed to know or care how it works, as long as their lights stay on. Hardly ever do they interact with the entity delivering the service—the utility companies. "Seizing Opportunity to Become Customer-Centric," Chris Curtis, President and CEO, Schneider Electric.

The utilities market is currently facing significant challenges. We have an aging infrastructure and workforce—we’re not offsetting the retirement of experienced engineers with incoming engineers. Other challenges, according to the Black & Veatch 2011 Strategic Directions Survey Results, are reliability and regulations. “Smarter Grids Offer Integrated Solutions,” Kirk Hachigian, Chairman, President, and CEO, Cooper Industries

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