Part 1: Meet our first 6 nominees for Smart Grid Companies to Watch this year

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We received so many thoughtful nominations for our Smart Grid Companies to Watch competition this year that we decided to switch things up. Instead of SGN editors making the first cut as we've done in the past, we're asking readers to do it. Starting now.

How it works: In coming days we'll introduce you in random order to companies that were nominated this year. The only nominations you won't see are those received after the deadline and those that didn't include any real explanation of why the company has the makings of a 2013 smart grid superstar. We will run only one nomination per company, even