Just like smartphones need software applications to make them more useful, the smart grid infrastructure in the U.S. needs to move beyond merely installing more smart meters, Esther Whieldon writes. Comverge President and CEO Blake Young said at a National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid last week, "I don't really see a slowdown at all in terms of the application side and the ... renewed interest to derive more value out of infrastructure investment." Richard Mora, president of Landis + Gyr, added, "[W]e have the infrastructure largely in place ... and now we're looking at creative ways to harness that."

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