Utilities must face new world of smart cities

As urban populations expand and technology steps in to make cities sustainable, the way we produce, distribute and consume energy will change radically
By Silvia Favasuli 24 March 2017
Solar panels on a rooftop in Berlin, Germany. (Berliner Energieagentur)

The future we are heading towards is one where so-called ‘smart cities’ will be able to produce and manage their entire energy needs, becoming completely autonomous from broader national plans to generate and distribute power.

This was the picture that emerged at the Smart Cities and Communities conference in Manchester on Wednesday, where tech players met delegates from city administrations to discuss future urban growth and take inspiration from smart city projects around the world, from Bristol to Singapore. But it’s a vision that could leave...

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