Accenture, a global management consulting firm, has formed the Accenture Intelligent City Network, bringing together utilities and city authorities around the world that are committed to deploying smart electric grids.
The Accenture Intelligent City Network connects utility executives and metropolitan leaders to exchange knowledge and practical experience on the planning, challenges and advantages of smart-grid technology. The network will help create blueprints for the deployment of smart grids, including the integration of smart grids with broader investments in intelligent infrastructures, such as smart buildings and transportation, as well as new technologies and emerging standards, according to Accenture.
Initial members of the Accenture Intelligent City Network include Minneapolis, Minn.-based Xcel Energy, which is working with Accenture on its SmartGridCityTM project in Boulder, Colo.; East China Grid Co. and Russian Interregional Distribution Grid Co. of Centre and Volga Region.
Accenture will help provide network members with technology solutions and strategic advice for the planning, testing and implementing smart-grid technologies. The network's members will have access to innovative technology solutions being developed at the Accenture Technology Labs, the research and development organization within the company.