Southern Company’s vision and strategy called for a new generation of robust, scalable, efficient and open architecture systems built around industry standards. Southern was looking for an advanced data management platform that would support the development of value-added services by software developers contracted by the company. The system is expected to support a potential of up to 50,000 commercial and industrial meters in the next 5 years, with the ability to extend data management capabilities to other Southern Company customer metering and end-point devices.
ATLANTA, April 4, 2001—New energy industry market situations have led to the growth of offerings aimed at soothing anxieties caused by rising power prices, Chartwell Inc., a leading industry researcher, discovered in its new study of 130-plus energy companies’ ancillary offerings and competitive strategies behind those efforts. The hottest “new” energy company products and services actually hearken back to the days of the 1970s energy crisis—energy efficiency and demand-side management offerings.