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Customers and the Smart Grid - Preparing for the Future
As of June 25, 2018

Published on: 
November 12, 2014

ELECTRI International has released its commissioned research report on Customer Side Smart Grid Installations – Preparing for the Future. The investigation examined how implementation of the smart grid as a two-way process between customers and bulk generators is changing the nature of the electrical distribution system in the United States. 

Customer Side Smart Grid Installlations - Preparing for the FutureThe investigation was conducted under the auspices of California Polytechnic State University by lead investigators Dr. Thomas Korman, P.E. and Lonny Simonian, P.E. Their work focused on ways that electrical contractors can expand residential, commercial, and industrial project opportunities for both retrofits and new construction by implementing smart grid technologies on the customer side.

The Cal Poly team’s research methodology included interviews with manufacturers, construction site visits, and a review of smart grid published literature. Investigators then analyzed existing and future smart grid technologies, evaluated business opportunities for the EC industry, and began the process of developing a framework for a certificate program that will be designed to demonstrate technical competence for electrical contractors.

The researchers concluded that the number of customer-side smart grid installations will continue to grow in future years. Electrical contractors will need to be well-informed about both the technologies and financing options, including utilizing the NECA Energy Conservation and Performance Platform (ECAP) and partnerships with electrical distributors.

Free Webinar

A webinar will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET to discuss the findings of the report and how customer side smart grid installations will impact the Electrical Contracting Industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from the lead investigators, Dr. Thomas Korman, P.E. and Lonny Simonian, P.E, of the California Polytechnic State University.

There is no cost to attend, though registration is required for this event.

Attendees will utilize audio broadcasting services through their computer speakers, a toll free number will be provided for those unable to utilize this service.

Register for Customer Side Smart Grid Webinar.

The complete report is available at

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