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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Smart software a threat to power generators

Much has been made about the massive disruption that rooftop solar systems and distributed energy will bring to traditional energy business models. But there may be an even greater threat, the emergence of smart technology and software.

The growth of ‘negawatts’, where energy is not consumed, rather than megawatts is emerging as a major focus of industry analysts.

What is becoming increasingly apparent is that while the rollout of solar modules may be massively disruptive, the major battles may be fought over software and other gadgets that will further reduce demand on centralised fossil fuel generation.

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