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How will you partner with energy utilities of the future?
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Imagine an exciting future where you connect with your energy utility in a much different way. In this future you have the power to personalize the sources of your energy, including solar, wind, hydro, or more standard, possibly less expensive, generation methods. Advancements in smarter electric grids, the connected home and appliances have made it possible to tell within seconds exactly how much energy is being used and by what piece of equipment or appliance. Allowing you at any point in time to know what to expect on your energy bill, and if your appliances and/or equipment are not running optimally, therefore increasing your energy use. Visualize a world where your energy utility enables not only your personalized energy choices, but also provides you actionable steps on how to manage your home or business’ energy use in near real time.

This future will be here soon. Thanks to reliable renewable energy sources, advanced analytics, access to accurate and real-time electric grid data, customers will connect with their utilities in new and amazing ways. How will you and your peers want to engage with your energy utility in this future?


Show us all aspects of near-futuristic energy experience. Answer the following questions:

  1. What current difficulties or deficiencies of the customer experience can be improved? How would you want to interact with your local utility in new ways? How would you want to interact with the energy consuming devices in your home in new ways?
  2. How would the technology behind your solution work?
  3. How might communication with the customer change? What means of communication would you prefer as a customer?
  4. How would your solution impact your relationship with your energy utility? With what kinds of companies might we create new partnerships?

NOTE: Please avoid the following solutions: Ideas that are already in the market. Augmenting and enhancing current market ideas are fair game however!

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
Top 10%
will share $1,000
Next 15%
will share $400
Next 25%
will share $200
Actual individual rewards will be based on the total number of eligible solutions.
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