Power demand is forecast to
increase by 50% in the next 20 years while 50% of our power industry workers are forecast to
retire in the next 10. While US utilities are planning hundreds of new plants (incl 33 new nuclear)
and thousands of miles of new transmission line, there is no line outside of the utility
recruitment doors of pole climber wannabees and power plant operators. It seems people these days are looking more for indoor office jobs and less for outside utility work.
The effects are already being felt in a number of cities with power hook-up delays, cut-backs on maintenance, and slower post-storm power restorations.
Enter IUN - the Intelligent Utility Network. IUN consists of: a Utility Data / Information Strategy, an Information Architecture & Roadmap, and an Infrastructure that will enable ‘on-demand’ monitoring and access the T&D grid as it relates to the utilities customers and assets. This will enable a utility to continuously automate and optimize operations as well as planning. The end goal is improved service, reliability, & utilization, which should help to address the problems we are faced with today and in the future.
This week I am headed To Phoenix to meet with a number of utilities to discuss the current state and challenges of this industry and explore how the application of Tivoli and IUN can help. and of course I will be blogging about my findings.