From the inside of a cargo container like the ones used to transport food overseas, the town of Sterling, Massachusetts implements the energy system of the future. The general manager of this power services company, Sean Hamilton, walks with his head protected by a white hard hat on his way to the container. He opens the door and proudly shows off some 40 battery towers. They are capable of energizing the town’s emergency management center for 12 hours uninterruptedly, in the case that an extreme weather event destroys the power grid. Between 2017 and 2018 the American Public Power Association granted the utility a distinction for keeping the highest financial, operational and safety standards, and for contributing to the prestige of public companies through his achievements and customer service.