In the past year, billions of dollars have been invested globally to improve the infrastructure through which electricity is generated, distributed and consumed. With the deployment of smart meters, distributed generation and other building and grid sensing technologies now reaching critical mass, all participants in the electricity supply chain find themselves having to process and analyze thousands of times more data than they’ve had before. AutoGrid with partner Silver Spring Networks

In this Zpryme podcast, Zpryme Sr. Research Analyst Paula Smith talks with VP Business Development & Strategy Andrew Tang and Head of Silver Spring Product Marketing John Reno about big data analytic challenges, opportunities, and the future grid.

Andrew Tang

Andrew Tang

VP Business Development & Strategy

Andrew brings over two decades of experience in strategic advisory, business development, corporate finance and M&A transactional experience to AutoGrid Systems. For the past five years, he has been active in the Electric Utility sector, developing and executing demand-side management strategies for both a regulated electric utility and for private sector early stage companies. During this time, he has worked with a diverse range of companies, including those focused on the delivery and provision of energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation and the electrification of the transportation sector. Most recently, Andrew was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Development and Utilities for SCIenergy, an early stage technology company focused on delivering advanced software tools to commercial building energy efficiency. Prior to SCIenergy, Andrew was the Senior Director of the Customer Energy Products group at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where he was responsible for developing products, services and rates for PG&E’s 12 million customers to encourage energy efficiency, create demand response programs and accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and electric vehicles. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University, where he was awarded the White Fellowship. In addition, Andrew studied International Economics and History at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom. He is formerly NASD Series 7, 63 and 24 certified.

John Reno

John Reno

Product Marketing

John manages product marketing at Silver Spring Networks drawing on twenty years of experience in marketing, business and system design. For the past ten years John has launched and led go to market initiatives for network and data security companies such as Securify (acquired by Intel/McAfee) and EMC/RSA. Prior experience includes responsibility for Java computing solutions at Sun Microsystems and product line management at Synopsys. John holds a B.S.E.E. (Computers and Digital Signal Processing) from U.C. Davis.

About AutoGrid Systems

Founded in 2011, AutoGrid is dedicated to bringing the power of Big Data, predictive analytics and Internet-scale computational techniques to the production and consumption of electricity. Serving utilities of all sizes, grid operators, electricity retailers, ESCO services companies, and end-users, AutoGrid develops and markets software solutions that both help lower costs and improve reliability of the electricity supply chain. AutoGrid’s technology was awarded the prestigious Department of Energy’s Advanced Projects Research Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding in 2012. To learn more, please visit www.auto-grid.com.

About Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI) is a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks. Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with 17 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring’s innovative solutions enable utilities to gain operational efficiencies, improve grid reliability, and empower consumers to monitor and manage energy consumption.  Silver Spring Networks customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy and Singapore Power, among others. To learn more, please visit www.silverspringnet.com.