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Chet Geschickter
Research Director
2 years at Gartner
22 years IT Industry

Chet Geschickter specializes in the customer life cycle process and renewable energy within the Energy and Utilities industry research team.. Read Full Bio

Protecting the Power Grid from Dragonfly with Basic Cybersecurity Practices

by Chet Geschickter  |  July 1, 2014

I am not an expert in cyber security, however, I do work with some such as Earl Perkins from our Risk and Security analyst team.  As a member of the utilities team I find a some aspects of the Dragonfly security threat that Symantec posted on its Security Response blog yesterday alarming. The Symantec post goes […]

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Wait a Moment! More on the Electric Vehicle and Home Energy Management Save the Power Grid Research Note

by Chet Geschickter  |  June 24, 2014

The recent experience of writing the business moment note (Home Energy Management and Electric Vehicles Rescue the Power Grid) I mentioned in my earlier post makes me more optimistic on several fronts. The first one is home energy management and home automation in general. The evolution of this sector has been quite awkward with fits […]

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New Business Moment: Home Energy Management and Electric Vehicles Rescue the Power Grid

by Chet Geschickter  |  June 16, 2014

Peter Sondergaard recently posted on Gartner’s definition of d-business. Within Gartner Industries Research, our colleague Don Scheibenreif launched an initiative to create industry-specific digital business moments to create tangible examples. Briefly, Gartner defines a business moment as: a transient opportunity that is exploited dynamically. In the context of digital business, a business moment is a […]

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Why Renewable Portfolio Standards Miss the Mark for Fighting Climate Change

by Chet Geschickter  |  April 10, 2014

In the absence of comprehensive national climate legislation in the US, individual states are left to pursue their own renewable energy futures. The most common approach being taken is called the renewable portfolio standard or RPS.  As of April 2014, 31 states had enacted binding RPS targets, with 8 more having voluntary targets in some form. […]

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#Fixaleak Week and My $250 Brick. An Unhappy Water Meter Story.

by Chet Geschickter  |  March 20, 2014

I just found out that this week is National Fix a Leak Week. I guess there’s a week for everything, in addition to a holiday every month. Unlike aforementioned holidays, this week is about saving money, not spending it. Although it’s late in the week, I think my $250 brick story is apropos enough to share. […]

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Stream Processing is The New Black for Smart Grid Analytics

by Chet Geschickter  |  March 5, 2014

Unfortunately for utilities – and fortunately for technology vendors – the current installed base of business intelligence software is not, generally speaking, up to the task of creating business insights from the torrent of big data unleashed by the smart grid. Traditional business intelligence tools are useful for reporting on what has already happened using […]

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Protecting the Power Grid: When Surveillance Becomes Security

by Chet Geschickter  |  February 6, 2014

Grid cyber security is a hot issue inside the utility industry. However, yesterday, the Wall Street Journal’s report on an attack on the Metcalf power station in San Jose, CA on April 16, 2013 highlighted physical security vulnerabilities. The attack was a simple brute force physical assault on power grid infrastructure which Jon Wellinghoff, former […]

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