Will we be at the singularity when the number of building-to-building conversations is greater than the number of conversations between the people in those buildings? This is the provocative question posed by Karl Rabago of Austin Energy. Rabago describes a sort of peer-to-peer smart energy management system in this wide-ranging interview at Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit in his employer’s namesake city. He also disputes the idea of the importance of consumer engagement with regards to energy management.
As an innovator in using technology to improve efficiency, Austin Energy has been at the forefront of the smart grid and smart home.