The parent company behind Scottish Power is preparing to join the race to merge smart-home technology and energy supply, which has accelerated to keep pace with electric vehicles. Spanish energy giant Iberdrola is testing systems that will allow customers to pay for electric vehicle charging at charge points across the country using the same utility account which pays for energy supplied to their homes. It is also developing the technology to allow customers to use smart “personal assistant” devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google Home to manage their energy use and account payments using voice controls. The early pilots are part of a wider programme to “personalise” energy, said Neil Clitheroe, Scottish Power’s retail boss.
Telegraph 27th Dec 2017 read more »