29 Aug '16, 4pm

The Race To Clean Energy May Leave Utilities In The Dust

The Race To Clean Energy May Leave Utilities In The Dust

And two folks who may not normally see eye-to-eye on the role of utilities have teamed up on a lobbying effort. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, who has often accused utility execs of undermining his rooftop solar business, partnered with the head of Chicago utility ComEd on a letter to lawmakers in all 50 states urging them to write laws that will allow the utilities to shift from an energy-delivery pipeline business model one where they become energy-sharing platforms. Instead of making money solely by selling more electricity, utilities would morph into a kind of service provider, making money by charging for the use of their wires and other infrastructure to move power (ideally renewable) from where it’s produced to where it’s needed. While the idea is simple — and illustrates the crux of the problem for utilities as they transition from a world that uses ever more power to ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/29/race-clean-energy-may...

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