- January 10, 2019
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The American Public Power Association recently released a paper analyzing the role of utilities in creating smart cities. Briefly, utilities should analyze and question their technology investments. The overlap between a utility's goals and those of civic authorities should provide them with a set of common goals, where utility inputs are required. The paper is interesting insofar as it makes a case for the participation of utilities within the smart city framework. But it does not do a good enough job of discussing the implications of smart cities for utilities. For example, how can utilities contribute to discussions of privacy for smart cities. This is especially critical since smart meters provide utilities with rich consumer data that may be an attractive target for hackers. The paper should have also provided perspective on social ramification of smart cities. For example, smart city initiatives in Rio De Janiero have led to perpetuation of inequality within the city.