Need a little more smart grid information in your Twitter diet? Here are 11 must-follow accounts to add to your own lists of smart grid tech experts. These tweeters post an array of commentary, breaking news and advocacy, and plugging them all into your feed will undoubtedly help you stay better informed.
We're sure you already follow the official Utility Dive Twitter account, but if you're looking to specialize in smart grid topics a little further, have a look below. Whether you want expertise on automation, big data, cyber security or system management, these faces will give you what you need:
1. RAJ SAMANI AND ERIC D. KNAPP
On Twitter: @CyberGridBook
This Twitter account has only 240 followers, but it tackles the crucial topic of cyber security strategies, which all utilities should be watching. Raj Samani and Eric D. Knapp, a pair of senior McAfee Inc. execs and hacking experts, bring decades of insight into cyber threats and the grid. Samani is the chief technical officer for McAfee Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Knapp, meanwhile, directs McAfee's critical infrastructure markets and global business development.
On Twitter: @SmartMetersCom
Smart meter experts out of Scotland run this Twitter account—a global smart meter eye for the ambitious utility guy (or gal). Whatever the biggest news, views and information from smart meter initiatives worldwide, you’ll find it here. But also, Smartmeter.com is not a meter vendor, so you won’t have to wade through advertorial Tweets.
3. STEVEN E. COLLIER
On Twitter: @SmartGridMan
Milsoft Utility Solutions VP of Business Development Steven Collier keeps an eye on lots of tech trends and developments steering the future of the grid. Always insightful, and sometimes a just little off-beat, you'll definitely glean some smart grid factoids by following him.
Brain cells control Smart Grid?! phys.org/news/2013-04-b…— Steven E Collier (@SmartGridMan) April 26, 2013
4. CHRIS KING
On Twitter: @SmartGridKing
Chris King, the chief regulatory officer of Siemens’ smart grid wing, examines the benefits of smart grids and smart meters. King scrutinizes the energy business, while Tweeting wares such as links to shareholder interviews. Follow this account if you are a consummate utility insider with time to graze on various thought pieces.
5. IEEE SMART GRID
On Twitter: @ieeesmartgrid
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) convenes tech professionals worldwide. At IEEE’s smart grid Twitter, you join more than 3,500 followers for reflective smart grid news, re-tweets, and notices of IEEE’s big events. A producer of more than 2,500 papers on smart grids and 100 standards for smart grid adoption, IEEE eagerly shapes the discussion.
6. IBM SMARTER ENERGY
On Twitter: @IBMSmartrEnergy
This Twitter frontburners the IT revolution taking place with smart grids. IBM marketing leaders Charles Jenkins and Fabienne Guildhary manage the account that Tweets videos about advanced grid analytics and smart grid IT news. You’ll also get Tweets concerning key practices and recommendations for utilities to achieve better cyber security, customer service, and communication.
7. RICK NICHOLSON
On Twitter: @rlnicholson2
We interviewed Nicholson, the newly-installed vice president of transmission and distribution solutions at Ventyx, because his reputation as a grid analyst preceded him. Check out his Twitter account, and you'll see why.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013 (2 of the 10 are energy technologies) MIT Technology Review ht.ly/kl1Ay— Rick Nicholson (@rlnicholson2) April 23, 2013
8. ALSTOM GRID
On Twitter: @AlstomGrid
Mining Alstom’s smart grid Twitter will vanquish any old grid sentiments. You get more than news links and re-Tweets but a blitz of resources such as instructional video and myth-busting analysis. Alstom, based in Paris, is an one the big players pioneering solutions for power generation, transmission and smart grids.
9. ABB GLOBAL
On Twitter: @ABBgroupnews
Now is a good time to join the cheering section that is ABB’s 29,000 Twitter followers. The Switzerland-based ABB is a stalwart of power and automation technologies operating in 100 countries. So when you go to ABB’s global business Twitter, expect an avid score of company deals and an unflinching skinny on ABB’s mastery of several electrical transmission technologies.
What do artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and power grids have in common? abb-conversations.com/2013/04/what-d…— ABB Global (@ABBgroupnews) April 30, 2013
10. GRID CONSUMER COLLABORATIVE
On Twitter: @sgconsumer
This Twitter account is an unapologetic cheerleader for smart grid modernization. You’ll get a generous helping of smart grid PR, but also lots of educational resources such as links to webinars produced by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative that runs the account. A non-profit in Georgia, the Collaborative convenes smart grid stakeholders, educates consumers, and works to accelerate smart grid adoption.
11. KATHERINE HAMILTON
On Twitter: @CleanGridView
House panel turns out light on effort to end renewable energy subsidies soa.li/Yib34sB Econ dev in NC = clean energy— Katherine Hamilton (@CleanGridView) April 27, 2013
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