Many opportunities to drive efficiency in utility operations result in lower prices and better service. At the same time, new smart technologies are blurring the distinction between customer and utility operations—and energy efficiency is becoming more tightly related to other utility functions.
“Informing the Future” (an event launching the new IEE on December 4) reminded everyone that the customer is the most critical stakeholder in our energy future. But electric utilities, in collaboration with regulators and technology companies, must design, build, and support the innovations that deliver efficiency benefits on both sides of the meter. IEE’s new mission is to advance the adoption of such technology to transform the power grid.