Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Honeywell Jumps Into the Smart Grid Business

Today's Star Tribune carried a story about Honeywell creating a business unit, cobbled out of existing units, to create Smart Grid offerings of products and services for both the electricity producer and consumer markets.  It won't be an easy task for Honeywell.

We've written a while ago about GE entering this business through what could easily be called serendipity.
Because GE has some experience with direct to consumer businesses through appliances, they may have an edge over Honeywell.  My limited experience with Honeywell's customer service in retail product support (furnace filters) has been very poor.  Selling to the public and meeting their expectations is harder than making a corporate sale to a utility. 

Again, I wonder why the Federal government isn't supporting the expansion and upgrading of our electricity grid, as opposed to funding losers in ventures like solar panels and Li-ion batteries.

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