North American utilities have completed a rollout of 60 million smart meters over the past 10 years, but in order for the technology to fulfill its potential, energy providers will need to learn how to draw the most out of an increasing amount of data. Analysts say the industry is at the beginning of this learning curve, while technology providers such as IBM and Space-Time Insight are working to develop solutions to make the climb easier. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," says Steve Ehrlich, senior vice president of marketing at Space-Time.

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