Some utilities are starting to look beyond smart meter installation and are leveraging the smart grid to create the smart building/home, writes Jeff St. John. "[W]e're a long way from anything resembling a seamless integration of grids and buildings. Still, the potential rewards of that integration are pretty enticing, and that's made the smart building-smart grid nexus a target of software startups, energy equipment and services giants, and government-funded pilot projects," he writes.

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