American electric and gas company, National Grid has assembled a team of firms to help test and deliver the energy system of the future for over 15,000 customers in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The smart grid pilot is expected to provide a new level of choice and control to the participating customers over their energy use through advanced technology.

With this pilot, the utility aims to empower customers to save energy, increase electric service reliability and improve response to power outages.

Companies participating in the smart grid pilot include, Bridge Energy Group, Itron, Cisco, General Electric, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, IBM, Wipro, and Navigant.

Commenting on the newly assembled team, National Grid Asset Management VP Cheri Warren said they are experts in their respective disciplines and share the utility’s vision for delivering exceptional benefits for customers.

"We are excited to have them on board as we make progress toward full deployment of the pilot," Warren added.

The latest pilot involves installation of advanced metering systems, and latest technology on the electric system to improve reliability and system responsiveness.