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EcoPinion Survey Highlights Consumer Perceptions and Expectations of Smart Grid

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Americans Optimistic but Challenges to Moving Beyond Commodity Focus of Smart Meters

Santa Clara, CA - May 25, 2010 - EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency, and Clasma Events, Inc., a global event company, released the 8th EcoPinion survey report today entitled, “Separating Smart Grid from Smart Meters,” in conjunction with the ConnectivityWeek 2010 taking place this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Approximately 70 percent of Americans are not familiar with the phrase “smart grid.” But once consumers were given a definition, the EcoPinion survey found strong levels of consumer good will and expectation in anticipation of the smart grid rollout. A majority of Americans (55 percent) believe that the smart grid will be of significant benefit to them. One half of all respondents find the ability to review their own energy consumption to be extremely or very appealing.

“Consumers conceptually like the idea of smart grid,” stated Jamie Wimberly, EcoAlign’s CEO and author of the report. “But the report also highlighted three critical challenges: meeting consumer expectations of smart grid to lower costs or cut energy consumption; moving beyond the commodity (smart meters) to a much fuller value proposition (smart grid); and aligning the smart grid with smart communications and marketing that recognizes personal preferences and needs.”

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“The industry has made a compelling business case for smart grid on the utility side of the meter, but we are in a period of discovery in regards to the consumer benefits of smart grid,” stated Anto Budiardjo, CEO of Clasma Events. “The report points to the need for a more refined communications strategy as a bridge to the introduction of new products and services.”

A copy of the full EcoPinion report is available at no charge by visiting EcoAlign’s website at www.ecoalign.com 

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