Thursday, October 2, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Develops More Efficient Distribution Models for Utilities

Alcatel-Lucent is working with a number of major energy suppliers on delivering smart grids -- networks that provide enhanced visibility of energy flows, more granular control of energy, pro-active real-time monitoring and enabling rapid and accurate reaction to disruption of supply when it occurs. At the Next Generation Utilities conference, which took place last week in Evian, France, Alcatel-Lucent said networking technology could help energy utilities better manage the supply and demand of energy.

Francois Loubry, Vice President of Energy in Alcatel-Lucent's Services business, told the conference that the move to a distributed generation of supply was being encouraged by increased regulatory emphasis for renewable energy. Changing patterns in energy demand also are fostering the movement.

To deliver more accurate data on consumption and supply, efficient IT systems and communications are now priorities for energy suppliers. Alcatel-Lucent has already engaged with a number of major suppliers in creating smart grids.