In China, a group of more than 40 companies, organisations and research institutions have created an alliance to develop the country’s smart energy industry, promote innovation and support the development of user-benefits of the smart grid, such as internet-applied home appliances.

The group – including the China Electric Power Development Association, China Electric Power Research Institute and Alibaba Group – will become a “new exchange platform for the smart electricity industry” by “sharing information between alliance members as well as resources to develop the downstream industry”, said the newly elected president of the alliance Hu Yi Jiang.

The smart power industry alliance also aims to strengthen relationships with municipalities as well as offer training and develop standards.

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