Yes, it has taken multiple storms, federal stimulus funds and technological advances, but, with experience, utilities are starting to see the benefits of investing in comprehensive smart grid communications systems. Of course, the topology, hardware and software of these new networks will be as varied as the areas they serve, but the goals of this growing transformation are universal: shorter outages, increased reliability and efficiency, and, possibly, even new markets. Truly, all things are possible with the converged networks and expanded reach these new systems bring to the electric power industry.

ABB | www.abb.com

Alcatel-Lucent | www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alstom | www.alstom.com/us

AltaLink | www.altalink.ca

Beckwith Electric | www.beckwithelectric.com

Cisco | www.cisco.com

DistribuTECH | www.distributech.com

FEMA | www.fema.gov

G&W Electric | www.gwelec.com

GE | www.ge.com

GridMaven | www.gridmaven.com

IBM | www.ibm.com

Inmarsat | www.inmarsat.com

Itron | www.itron.com

Lindsey Manufacturing | www.lindsey-usa.com

National Grid | www.nationalgridus.com

Navigant | www.navigant.com

On-Ramp Wireless | www.onrampwireless.com

Power Delivery Products

www.powerdeliveryproducts.com

PPL | www.pplweb.com

S&C Electric | www.sandc.com

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories | www.selinc.com

San Diego Gas & Electric | www.sdge.com

Silver Spring Networks | www.silverspringnet.com

Verizon | www.verizon.com

Wipro | www.wipro.com