There are many technical issues facing the energy industry today. While “Smart Grid” and “Grid Modernization” are the leading buzz phrases, the team at ESTA has always worked hard for decades to make the grid smarter and more modern. This includes successful completion of projects for the modernization of transmission and distribution control systems like SCADA, EMS, DMS, and OMS, and many other past and on-going projects such as those concerning Substation Automation, Distribution Automation, Asset Management, Generation Control Systems Deregulated Electricity Markets Systems, Demand Response Management Systems, Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems, Advanced Metering Infrastructure/Meter Data Management Systems, and Microgrids. Within this context, ESTA's knowledge and experience extends to the application of standards such as IEC 61850 and the Common Information Model (CIM) and the deployment of technologies such as those associated with energy storage and electric vehicles. What is real? What is hype? ESTA International skills encompass hands-on experience in the leading technological areas through project work and formal and informal technical information exchanges with technology providers.