Energy Insights Launches New Intelligent Grid Strategies Research & Advisory Service

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – October 10, 2007 – Energy Insights, an IDC company, announced today that it now offers research coverage dedicated to helping utilities and technology providers understand the complex dynamics of the rapidly evolving intelligent grid market. The Intelligent Grid Strategies research and advisory service will explore the business and regulatory impacts of emerging intelligent grid technologies and provide innovative strategies such as distributed energy resources. Technologies covered will include sensors, smart metering, network automation and control, analytics, and communications technologies such as broadband over power lines (BPL) and WiFi/WiMAX.

Says H. Christine Richards, lead research analyst for the service, “Many in the utility industry are greeting the concept of the intelligent grid with optimism, but there are still many uncertainties about the ultimate direction and feasibility of intelligent grid initiatives.”

To that end, Energy Insights has also joined the GridWise Alliance, a consortium of public and private companies that seeks to transform the electric grid using technology to make it more efficient, cost-effective, resilient, secure and reliable. Says Guido Bartels, chairman, GridWise Alliance, “We’re thrilled to have Energy Insights join us in our efforts to bring our industrial-age electric grid into the information age. Members like Energy Insights recognize that major innovations are at hand that will radically transform and improve the efficient use of the nation’s energy system, “ Bartels adds.

Energy Insights is publishing a three-part report series that studies different strategies utilities are using to tackle critical intelligent grid needs, including communications, sensors and analytics. The first two reports, Moving Beyond the Hype: The Future of the Intelligent Grid, and Should You Really Mind the Gap? Bridging the Intelligent Grid Gap Between the Substation and the Meter, can be found by visiting . The third report in the series is slated to publish in November.

About Energy Insights

Energy Insights, an IDC company, provides research-based advisory and consulting services focused on market and technology developments in the electricity, natural gas, and oil industries. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of direct industry experience, Energy Insights' research spans the energy value chain — upstream, wholesale, delivery, and customer service — providing independent, timely, and relevant analysis focused on key business issues. Energy Insights serves a diverse and growing global client base, including electric and gas utilities, IT vendors, independent power producers, retail energy providers, oil and gas companies, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, financial institutions, and professional services firms. For more information, visit . IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.