Matt Laherty is an employee of Cisco Systems; the views expressed here are his own. Matt is the creator of Cisco EnergyWise. Cisco EnergyWise turns the network into a control plane for energy management. Matt works in the office of the Chief Technology Officer with a global team of experts to build the smart load. Matt is responsible for spotting emerging trends in energy innovation, sustainability and building services in order to understand how these may help solve customer challenges and create value where none was considered. Follow the teams’ efforts in the “Trends in Energy Innovation” blog at the Smart Connected Communities Institute.