That's the number of major utilities that are experimenting with the TREE (Tendril Residential Energy Ecosystem) from smart metering start-up Tendril
. Fifteen of the utilities are engaged in lab tests with the Boulder-based company, four are preparing field pilots and another will kick off a commercial rollout to consumers in the next few weeks. Collectively, these these utilities serve 56 million customers, according to CEO Adrian Tuck.
It's a notable achievement and, in the increasingly crowded field of smart metering and automated energy management
, it is the sort of metric that will underscore who is winning and who is falling behind.
Why? Utilities will be the...