The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative “SGCC”, an independent non-profit group working to foster mutual understanding between industry and consumers regarding the creation of a next-generation energy infrastructure, announced several new members as the group continues its strong momentum among constituent groups throughout the smart grid ecosystem.
"Whether you are concerned with our environment (renewables), our economy (global competitiveness), our energy security (electric transportation) or all three, the smart grid is the key to progress. We must update and upgrade electric power to bring it into the digital age. We are gratified that such well-known organizations have put their shoulders to the wheel to help us all move forward," Jesse Berst, acting executive director, SGCC said.
Member organizations gain access to an information clearinghouse of best practices and timely developments, including proprietary research, as well as a forum to meet and work with the full spectrum of stakeholders--utilities, vendors, and consumers.
CNT Energy, a non-profit division of the Center for Neighborhood Technology dedicated to providing information and services needed to reduce energy consumption and costs, is one of the latest SGCC members.
"Our goals align closely with the SGCC, and we're excited to join forces to share information and best practices to ensure effective consumer advocacy around the smart grid. Our membership literally gives us a seat at the table for the most important conversations about the rollout of the smart grid," Anne Evens, director of CNT Energy said.
Another group member is Citizens Utility Board “CUB”, a non-profit, non-partisan group that represents the interests of residential utility consumers across the state. “As a member of the SGCC, we'll make sure their voice is heard in the implementation of a next-generation energy infrastructure, while putting the latest research and information to work for them to make sure that the smart grid lives up to its full potential in their lives and communities," David Kolata, executive director, CUB said.
Some of the other new members of the SGCC are Duke Energy (News - Alert), one of the nation's largest electric power holding companies; Environmental Defense Fund “EDF”, a science-based environmental organization committed to designing and transforming markets to bring lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems; OPOWER, a provider of customer engagement software proven to reduce energy usage.
The SGCC aims to accelerate the industry's understanding of consumer needs by bringing together utilities, vendors and consumer advocacy groups. Established earlier this year, the SGCC has emerged as a key player shaping the future of the nation's energy infrastructure, the focal point of industry and consumer collaboration, and an important industry spokesperson around the introduction of the smart grid. Trupti Kamath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.