Silver Spring Networks recognized as technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum


Peter Torreele,
Managing Director,
World Economic Forum
Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 30, 2007 –  Silver Spring Networks has received the World Economic Forum’s prestigious designation of Technology Pioneer in recognition of the company’s transformational impact on the delivery of utility services. Silver Spring Networks was chosen for its vision of the smart grid and for the ability of its products to enable utilities to implement energy efficiency programs and improve grid reliability worldwide.

“This year the World Economic Forum received a record number of applications from companies around the world to become a Technology Pioneer,” said Peter Torreele, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. “From a highly competitive field, we are extremely pleased to have a community that is using innovation and technology to dramatically affect the way society and business operate and doing so in a markedly collaborative manner. We are excited to welcome the Technology Pioneers class of 2008 to the larger community of the World Economic Forum and we are looking forward to the fruits that their collaboration will bring.”

The Technology Pioneers 2008 were nominated by the world’s leading technology experts, including venture capitalists, technology companies, academics and the media. The final selection of 39 winners from 273 nominees was made by a panel of technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum. Technology Pioneers 2008 are invited to participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 that will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from 23-27 January, and in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions that will be held in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, from 25-27 September 2008.

“It is a great honor to be named a Technology Pioneer,” said Scott Lang, President and CEO of Silver Spring Networks. “We are privileged to work within an industry that is taking the lead in addressing global climate change. As a catalyst to drive efficiency and increase operational effectiveness, our Smart Energy Network can make an immediate and significant impact on the global environment.”

Energy efficiency has the potential to make a huge impact on the global environment. More aggressive energy efficiency efforts could cut the growth rate of worldwide energy consumption by more than half over the next 15 years, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. The Brattle Group estimates that demand response could reduce peak load by at least 5 per cent, saving $35 billion over the next 20 years in the US alone, with significantly greater savings worldwide. As a result, there are hundreds of companies, large and small, investing hundreds of millions of dollars developing an impressive variety of new products and technologies to make the grid more efficient. These include distributed generation and energy storage technologies, more efficient appliances and smart-house technologies that allow users to better understand and control their energy use.

The challenge is in connecting these devices. Silver Spring Networks allows utilities to design, deploy and operate a common networking platform – or Smart Energy Network – that connects these devices cost effectively, delivering an immediate impact on both utility operations and the environment.

With a Smart Energy Network in place, utility companies are empowered to be more efficient by bringing the power, security and ubiquity of Internet Protocol networking to command and control networks. A Smart Energy Network enables utilities to maximize their existing grid by running multiple applications and deploying load balancing and load shedding programs. A Smart Energy Network also empowers consumers to track, monitor and hopefully reduce their use through energy services portals. It is the critical technology platform that makes energy efficiency and the smart grid possible.

“Smart grid networking will fundamentally change the way utilities deliver services,” said Lew Hay, CEO of FPL Group, a Silver Spring Networks customer. “Florida Power & Light has long been a leader in energy efficiency programs. Our recent $500 million smart grid commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative will enhance the platform for managing long-term sustainability in Florida and we look forward to partnering with Silver Spring Networks to make it possible. We are delighted that the World Economic Forum has recognized the impact Silver Spring Networks can have on global energy efficiency.”