In an article for Utility Dive, Navigant says utilities must take a more sophisticated approach to reach their customers
As the Energy Cloud transformation accelerates, customers’ traditional dependence on utilities is increasingly becoming a utility dependence on customers — and the importance of keeping those customers engaged is crucial.
In an article for Utility Dive, Aida Hakirevic, director at Navigant, said utilities aren’t doing enough, or aren’t doing the right things, to reach customers with ever-growing expectations.
"Utilities have catching up to do to meet those expectations," she said.
Navigant's report, State & Future of the Power Industry, outlines three steps to successfully engage customers by leveraging digital connectivity:
Hakirevic said many of today's utilities are still smoothing out their digital and self-serve customer journeys for basic applications, such as starting or stopping service and outage communications. However, a new generation of customers will require increasing levels of sophistication, especially as new revenue streams that provide retail products and services take hold.
According to Navigant, utilities' traditional focus on safety, reliability, and affordability will no longer be enough because new customers will expect sustainability, flexibility, autonomy, and individualization.