In my previous post, I asked whether we should look to enable marketplaces, which bring together consumers and third-party providers of energy services. I proposed anyone – government, utility or private enterprise – be allowed to create such marketplaces.
In this earlier post, I first introduced the idea that utilities should lead the charge in creating such a marketplace as they already had systems and processes in place to source, transport, and store the data. In fact, this is already happening with the likes of PG&E, London Hydro, SDG&E, and others. I realise for many utility executives this concept appears counter-intuitive. Why should a utility open access to its data and invite organisations to introduce services that may eat away at its revenue?
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