By Antonio Ruffini, Editor, ESI Africa

International energy think tank Vaasa ETT has produced the Smart Grid 2013 Global Impact Report that analysed 200 projects, the top 30 of these in detail.

The report was commissioned by Ventyx, part of the ABB group. Julien Groues, Ventyx president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said at a road show in Johannesburg during November 2013 to launch the report that if Alexander Graham Bell were to return to life he would not recognise an iPhone. In contrast, Thomas Edison, if he returned, would probably be ready within a few weeks to resume an active role in the electricity sector.

Groues believes that the electricity utility sector, which has remained largely unchanged for most of the past 100 years, is at a tipping point and will change dramatically over the next 20 years.

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