Technology, cable, phone companies ‘cast covetous eye’ on power utility industry’s customers

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Technology, cable, and phone companies are beginning to make their way into the retail energy market.

Columbus Business First
Written by: Tom Knox

A lack of technological innovation and a business model that still clings to a regulated market could soon have the utility industry fighting for relevance among upstarts and businesses new to the power arena.

So-called ‘Technarians at the Gate’ – technology, cable and phone companies – have started “to cast a covetous eye on the utility industry’s customers and revenue by exploiting the portals that they already have into tens of millions of American homes,” Bloomberg reports.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) entered the fray in January when it bought Nest Labs Inc. and its smart-thermostat for $3.2 billion. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is entering the smart thermostat field, too, and ComcastCorp. (NYSE: CCZ) has started a pilot to sell electricity with its cable.

Smaller companies are there, too, especially in Silicon Valley.

Peter Hebert, co-founder and managing partner of venture capital firm Lux Capital, sees “a proliferation of smaller startups all targeting this market,” the Bloomberg report says.

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