I recently had the pleasure of attending the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention in San Diego. This annual event brings together energy executives, government officials, energy and smart grid providers and others from across the U.S. to address the important topics currently impacting the industry.

During the convention, I was able to speak on a panel focusing on mapping the technology industry’s vision for the future. Sitting alongside industry executives from Siemens, Oracle and Qualcomm Technologies, this panel—moderated by Quentin Hardy of Google Cloud—focused on how U.S. electric companies, with the assistance of key technology partners, are driving the transformation of the nation’s energy grid into an interactive digital network that is powering a new wave of customer offerings while also bolstering system reliability and resiliency. During a time where climate change, infrastructure and access to resources—both nationally and internationally—are hot topics, it is encouraging to see utilities and energy partners focusing on ways to conserve resources while getting the most out of their systems.

Another key theme and topic of conversation at this year’s event was moving beyond the meter—and how data and intelligence at the edge is transforming the way utilities and cities utilize resources, interact with consumers and overall, run their business. Itron is truly in a unique position as we are helping lead the charge in this space. When pushing intelligence out to the edge, we open additional possibilities for our customers and allow utilities to react quickly to issues—like outages, leaks and grid overload.

It was truly an honor to represent our company at this event and discuss the innovative ways in which we are driving the industry forward. I look forward to joining the conversation next year at EEI and seeing the progress we have made as an industry as we continue to set our sights on the future.

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Philip Mezey
President and Chief Executive Officer - Itron
Philip Mezey was appointed president and chief executive officer and named to Itron's board of directors on January 1, 2013. Mezey has served the company in several capacities during his career at Itron, most recently as chief operating officer for Itron's global Energy segment, with responsibility for the operations of Itron's electricity and gas businesses around the world. He also previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer — Itron North America, group vice president and general manager, as well as senior vice president for Software Solutions. Upon Itron's acquisition of Silicon Energy in 2003, Mezey joined the company as managing director of Software Development for Itron's Energy Management Solutions group.

Prior to joining Silicon Energy in 2000 as vice president, Software Development, Mezey was a founding member and served 12 years with Indus, a provider of integrated asset and customer management software. Mezey earned his BA degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley.