The Utility/Smart City Connection
More and more cities are deciding to “get smart”. According to Navigant Research’s Smart City Tracker Q1 2017, there are “250 smart city initiatives in more than 178 cities around the world with the majority focusing on government and energy initiatives, followed by transport, buildings, and water goals”. Still, participation in these initiatives requires investment of time and capital. There must be a value proposition for all stakeholders. There has never been any doubt that utilities, as infrastructure providers, have a role to play in the development of smart cities. Forward looking utilities are looking at what they can offer to these initiatives, what value they can derive and what is the best way to engage.
To find out more, go to the November issue of POWERGRID International – The Utility/Smart City Connection.