19 Sep '11, 4pm

Smart Grid’s Dirty Word: Segmentation via @greentechmedia

Smart Grid’s Dirty Word: Segmentation via @greentechmedia

If there’s one thing regulators don’t like, it’s segmented offerings of essential services. But that’s exactly what consumer-facing smart grid applications can, and should, offer. It does not have to mean leaving behind the most vulnerable -- instead, segmentation can empower those who want to have greater control over their usage and cost. “The utility needs to move from a one-size-fits-all model to different, targeted programs and different offerings,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril, a home energy management software company. No doubt this is tricky business, especially for utilities that have traditionally never reached into the home. “It’s the first time we’ve ever contacted the customer,” Ron Bilodeau, project manager for demand response at NV Energy, said about the utility's smart grid pilot that involved installing smart thermostats and other energy hardware in pe...

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