Data Management

Building a Smart Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

This paper explores the impact of smart initiatives undertaken by a number of utility companies worldwide in response to legislation such as the European Energy End Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive and the US Energy Policy Act 2005. The deregulation and privatization of utility companies has led to dramatic changes in business models, an increased focus on efficiency of operations, and increased focus on reliability of service. The real-time nature of distribution has driven the development of demand/response mechanisms to manage supply and demand. It has also led to lower prices and more choice for consumers.

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