The energy industry needs to change. Rising oil prices, environmental concerns, and progressive consumer demand is creating new opportunities for innovation in the products we use, the way we buy energy, and the way it’s generated and distributed.

The energy industry needs to change. Rising oil prices, environmental concerns, and progressive consumer demand is creating new opportunities for innovation in the products we use, the way we buy energy, and the way it’s generated and distributed. But what are the barriers to change and how will we overcome them? Who is driving these changes? As a consumer, what can I expect on my side of the meter?

Yesterday I attended a CleanTX Forum panel discussion titled, “Smart Grid: The Customer Side of the Meter.” While the session didn’t deliver crisp answers to these big questions, it did offer a multi-faceted discussion about what’s ahead. The diverse panel, representing utilities, research, networks, and retail, provided different perspectives on each topic. Below are the comments and insights that I found interesting. (Note: Because my iPad typing is a bit slow, I’ve paraphrased their comments.) Bert Haskell, Technology Director, Pecan Street Project

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