Guido Bartels, General Manager for Energy & Utilities at IBM:
Influence: Bartels heads up all of IBM’s energy and utility business and joined IBM in 1988 from an entrepreneur career in the PC biz. He is currently the Chair of the GridWise Alliance, an industry trade group focused on making the power grid smarter, as well as a member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC).
IBM is playing an interesting role in the smart grid space, and has snagged some high profile integration and consulting networking contracts like in Amsterdam’s smart grid project, and the island nation of Malta’s smart grid plan. San Diego Gas & Electric also told us that it is looking to work with IBM for its smart grid wireless network, which could begin construction in 2010. Perhaps on of the most important roles that IBM can play in the smart grid is bringing together various startups that have developed smart grid products at different places on the network.