We hear a lot about smart cities and new innovations in energy today—but not enough about how utilities can drive significant change in these areas. How involved are utilities really in these efforts? We decided to find out.

This project zeros in on the participation of utilities in building smarter, more innovative communities. We studied:

    • Utility roles in implementing smart city strategy and technologies
      Utility roles in supporting/driving energy innovation in their communities

We measure large U.S. utility companies in terms of how they are driving change within large metropolitan areas. We focus on the largest metropolises in the U.S. and the primary utility serving each one. Where are our largest utilities and metropolitan areas in terms of smart city development? How much are utilities really driving energy innovation—beyond just deploying new technologies? Learn more with this research.