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As far as smart grid prognostications go, I’d have to say I’m on the same page as in Pike Research’s new white paper, “Smart Grid: Ten Things to Watch in 2011 and Beyond.” Among Pike’s predictions for next year: Europe and China will overtake the U.S. as the key smart meter markets; smart meters will fade in importance compared to distribution automation; demand response providers will keep expanding their business models; stimulus funds will start to have a real impact; and smart meter enabled customers will continue to complain (the “Bakersfield effect”), though others may actually like their new smart meters. Pike’s biggest worries?  Cybersecurity for the smart grid, and data management for the petabytes of information flowing from new smart meters and other grid devices.