Here’s an issue that I think will greatly effect startups building the next-generation of home energy management tools over the next couple of months: Many utilities won’t be turning on the wireless communication chips (most often the wireless standard ZigBee) in their smart meters until well into 2010, and it will be a very controlled process. Some utilities will have ZigBee chips disabled throughout the months of installation and then plan to enable all of the ZigBee functionality in one go, potentially upgrading the meters with the latest software.

via What to Watch For in 2010: How Utilities Will Enable ZigBee.