We’re at juncture down the smart grid path where utilities are moving beyond the expected and taking next steps with advanced technologies – from the flywheel systems protecting Austin Energy’s new control center to SAIC’s Smart Grid as a Service supporting critical energy management systems in remote Alaskan villages.

Austin Energy using VYCON flywheel systems to protect its new control center Keep reading →

A flagship Enova biomass power project in the Northeastern US has cleared a string of financial hurdles following an agreement between private equity giant The Carlyle Group and SAIC.

The 37.5MW Plainfield, Connecticut project will cost $225 million and will consume recycled wood materials, removing it from an industry debate over the use of fresh-cut biomass for power generation. Keep reading →

What if you could get all the benefits of advanced metering without buying a single meter or hiring a single person? That’s the proposition put forth by SAIC’s “Smart Grid as a Service.”

The $11 billion, McLean, VA-based contractor provides a wide range of information technology services. It does about 90% of its business with the government and the balance with private industry. SAIC has decades of experience serving the defense industry. That gives it deep expertise in security, large databases and complex event processing. Although not as well-known as some of its competing systems integrators, SAIC also has a lot of energy and utility experience. For instance, SAIC manages a large swatch of Entergy’s operations. Keep reading →