Governments and utility/electricity providers worldwide are responding to escalating concerns over climate change, security of supply and volatile energy costs by making bold new investments. Smart grids, smart metering, renewable generation and mass-market energy efficiency and conservation programs are just a few of the major initiatives under way.
Many of these investments are focused in part on empowering end consumers to manage their energy usage more actively and efficiently. Enabled by smart metering and home energy management technologies, consumers will have access to new tools and programs. However, beyond the technology is a new and ultimately decisive challenge: engaging the “new energy consumer” in energy efficiency.
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