27 Jan '15, 9pm

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

While most of the utilities we surveyed currently operate under a traditional vertically integrated model, few see that as the likely model for their utility 20 years from now. A significant number of utilities see themselves becoming smart integrators. The smart integrator utility is a deregulated entity responsible for building, operating, and maintaining the smart grid platform on which new services, technologies, and marketplaces will rely. The smart integrator utility, whose revenue is decoupled from electricity sales, is expected to fulfill energy efficiency mandates. An even greater number of utilities see themselves moving to an energy services utility model. Under such a scheme, the utility would not make its money by selling a commodity, but by operating the smart distribution platform and providing value-added services to the consumer. Energy efficiency would be...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/utility-bosses-see-change...

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