So what will be on the agenda this year? Smart cities, certainly. Just ask Tim Wolf from Itron, who predicts that smart city technology will go mainstream this year becoming a half trillion dollar market by year end. Nice work if you can get it, as the saying goes.
Another key point that came through in our 2016 smart energy predictions piece is the need to liberalise meter data. This would essentially unlock a multitude of opportunities to commercialise services benefitting both large and small players in the market.
As smart energy consumers, it's exciting to think of the applications we don't even know we need or want but could be indispensable in 12 months' time.
Here's to a good year in smart energy.
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