Comcast Getting Into the Electric Utility Market - Keystone Politics On a call with reporters to discuss DEFGs report, Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada and the United States, Robert Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, said that Comcast was teaming up with a retail electric supplier in the state. The electricity offering could be rolled out in the fourth quarter of this year. A representative from Comcast would not provide details, but did confirm this is something were exploring. Now it will be a quadruple play, said Powelson, talking about cable, internet, phone and electricity all bundled together. In Australia, one utility and telecom have partnered to offer up to seven bundled services. Comcast already has an energy play as part of its Xfinity home product, which offers home controls for lighting, security and thermostats. It leverages EcoFactors cloud service to fine-tune the thermostat for savings of up to 20 percent on heating and cooling. Some utilities are still back in the 20th century and arent deploying smart meters fast enough, so some competition from Comcast will hopefully rouse them out of complacency. This is the low-hanging fruit of home energy savings and efficiency, once we get the smart grid infrastructure built out no easy task, but still quite achievable. Once you have a plan with Comcast for Internet and electricity, then you can do cool stuff like schedule your dishwasher or clothes dryer to run at 2 am when fewer people are drawing electricity from the grid. People rightly dont like that Comcast is has a monopoly on Internet service provision, but its good theyre bringing more competition into the utility market. Now we need to get some more utilities into the Internet service provider market.