The longer term challenge for many will be to figure out ways to derive broad value from the huge amount of data that they will posses, Gohn said.
A lot of different systems, such as energy management systems, metering systems, distribution and outage management systems and asset management systems can benefit tremendously from smart grid data, he said.
However, to take advantage of it, utilities will need to make some fundamental changes, he said. "All of these are fairly isolated, independent applications that are now beginning to merge together because of the data," Gohn said.
Increasingly IT organizations within utility companies will need to find a way to work more closely with the operations teams, he said.
While some utilities that have rolled out smart grid components are relatively well prepared for this change, many others are not, Gohn said. "Most utilities are no better than a C+."
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