29 Jul '14, 1pm

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

The opportunity is hanging ripe in front of the electric industry. Yet the industry seems more focused on something called (among many things) "the utility death spiral." The risk to utilities is real — a combination of distributed energy, energy efficiency, changing behavior and weak economic growth has resulted in virtually no growth for new electricity demand since 2008, and going forward will force higher rates for each unit of electricity sold, which in turn makes the alternative technologies more attractive and accelerates consumer adoption. While the risk is real, it only relates to a (so far very small) portion of any utility's total sales of electricity — the real threat is declining profitability, which will impair access to low-cost capital, which is the life-blood of an asset-intense business like an electric utility.

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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