What the utility of the future looks like


As utility industry trade show DistribuTECH wrapped up last Thursday, attendees got a peek at not only new product offerings — from smart thermostats to software platforms that manage smart meter data — but also the potential for what a utility of the future might look like.

In a Pike Research webinar held at the event, Andres Carvallo, the chief strategy officer of smart grid network software provider Proximetry, noted that the smart grid has “reached the teenage years” and is “still evolving.” As it grows up and reaches its full potential, I’ve put together five important ways in which how we interact with our utility can be revolutionized and why they matter.

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