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SGL Partners is a strategic advisory firm focused on Smart Grid and M2M business sectors.  We deliver transformational consulting services and insightful analyses to clients.  Our experts help clients build and deploy actionable strategies that enhance immediate and long-term business objectives.  We provide pragmatic guidance and targeted deliverables to address complex business challenges for utilities and vendors.  We help our clients achieve success in the Smart Grid ecosystem. We provide strategic insights, project roadmaps, and customized information through consulting services, benchmarking, reports, and publications.  Our clients include Smart Grid technology and service startups and established businesses, investment firms, and utilities. Publications include:

Consulting services range from customized industry analyses and educational materials to applications of our innovative Consumer Focus Strategy to help utilities develop and maintain the trusted advisor relationships with consumer and create strategic opportunities to build consumer value. To learn more, contact us at

About our Principals

Christine Hertzog Smart Grid Library

Christine Hertzog


Christine Hertzog is a consultant, author, and a professional explainer focused on Smart Grid technologies, programs, and solutions. She has two decades of experience helping companies that range from small start-ups to multi-national corporations deliver competitive and cost-effective solutions and services to consumers. Her work often involves introductions of disruptive products or services. Successful introductions require skilled change management roadmaps and communications strategies and tactics that enable transformations within organizations as well as with consumers. She also helps clients understand and navigate the Smart Grid ecosystem of emerging technologies and markets. Christine is a frequent presenter on Smart Grid topics and writes a weekly, syndicated blog about the challenges and opportunities that Smart Grid solutions bring to the evolving electricity supply chain and their impacts. She serves as an advisor to several Smart Grid startups and is the first Smart Grid Executive in Residence at a premier technology incubator in Silicon Valley. She is on the Advisory Boards of, the Energy Collective, and Zpryme Research & Consulting. She is also active in the NIST Cyber Security Working Group Data Privacy subgroup.





Bill Maikranz

Bill Maikranz


Bill Maikranz is a consultant who has invested over 20 years in helping companies design, deploy, and manage cost-effective and consumer-focused contact center technologies and services. These include voice carrier networks, telephone systems that manage calls and the data systems, and full-service and self-service applications. He has conducted extensive analyses of technologies to engineer optimized voice and data networks; assessed the pros and cons of acquisition versus outsourcing or SaaS for applications and services; recommended and deployed appropriate contact center applications based on customer needs; and mapped data interactions between front and back office applications to ensure maximized value of computer-telephone integrations. His customers range from large multi-national consumer products companies to small to large utilities and services organizations. As the Consulting Director of the Smart Grid Library, Bill helps clients avoid bleeding edge technologies in favor of leading edge solutions that actually work.



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