While utilities are taking lumps from disgruntled customers, it doesn’t take a genius to know that the ill will eventually to trickle down to smart meter makers and smart grid infrastructure providers in a way that can really affect their bottom lines. It’s a particularly disastrous situation startups whose futures hinge on near term smart grid spending.
Luckily, they’re not about to take things lying down. Earth2Tech reports that ten companies are partnering to educate consumers on smart meters and forming the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC).
Founding members include GE, Control4, and IBM. Good move and just in time too since smart opponents are starting to mobilize online. It wouldn’t hurt some utilities to come onboard (sub req’d), and we’ll find out which ones did tomorrow when the group has its coming out party.