Voice of the customer: Why utilities should embrace a customer-centric business model to succeed in a smart grid world

July 2012
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Voice of the customer: Why utilities should embrace a customer-centric business model to succeed in a smart grid world

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With the advent of smart grids, power and utility companies must go beyond the usual interaction of bill pay, responding to services outages, and starting or stopping services and adopt a customer-centric business model.

Most customers today use electricity, receive a bill, and pay it. Interaction with the utility is typically limited to a request for starting or stopping service, alerting the utility when there is a service outage, and an occasional billing inquiry. But that is changing.

With the advent of smart grids, power and utility companies must go beyond the usual customer interaction and adopt a customer-centric business model.

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