Accenture Intelligent City Network committed to deploying smart electric grids and reducing carbon emissions

by Editor 3/23/2009 4:18:00 PM
IT consulting firm Accenture has brought together utilities and city authorities around the world and formed the Accenture Intelligent City Network, a group committed to deploying smart electric grids to manage the flow of energy more efficiently.

The initial members of the Accenture Intelligent City Network are Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, Chinese transmission firm East China Grid Co., Russian Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Centre (MRSK of Centre), Dutch utility Alliander N.V. and the City of Amsterdam.

The Accenture group connects utility executives and city leaders eager to exchange experience and knowledge in the field of smart grid technology. The Intelligent City Network will also help design blueprints for the deployment and integration of smart grids.

Accenture will use its experience in smart grid technology to provide Network members with solutions and strategic advice, as well as help them improve energy efficiency, transform urban environments for sustainability and offer consumers more energy options.

Sander van’t Noordende, group chief executive of Accenture's Resources operating group, said: “Because cities are the largest emitters of carbon, city authorities are critical to the successful introduction of smart grids. We’re bringing utilities and cities together to accelerate smart-grid deployment because city authorities are in the best position to coordinate the many public- and private-sector stakeholders involved in the fight against carbon emissions and to transform the energy consumption habits of local communities.”

Mike Carlson, Xcel Energy’s vice president and CIO, added: “Energy management, customer service and environmental management strategies can all be enhanced with smart-grid technologies and through a partnership between utilities and city and state regulatory leaders. As a company committed to realizing the benefits of a smarter and more efficient electric grid for our customers, the communities we serve and the environments in which we operate, Xcel Energy is excited to become a member of the Accenture Intelligent City Network to collaborate with and learn from other utilities and cities. We are pleased that Accenture is not only leading in this thinking but is working with utilities to help make an intelligent city a reality.”

David Rouls, managing director of the transmission & distribution practice in Accenture’s Utilities industry group, said: “The implementation of ‘intelligent’ solutions such as smart grids is complex, requiring a utility and a city to collaborate at various levels on the strategy, technology, infrastructure, governance and transformation approaches needed. Accenture is committed to providing strategic advice and facilitating the partnership between utilities and cities around the world to deliver tangible outcomes for their stakeholders.”

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