26 Feb '14, 3pm

Is Utility 2.0 a Forecast or a Post-Mortem?

For the last six months, the energy news sphere (perhaps led by the Edison Electric Institute ) has been rife with a discussion about the threat to the utility business from distributed energy like local solar, as their customers shift to getting their own power from nearby renewable resources. Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die ” – suggest changes to the electric utility business model are imminent as power generation shifts from massive to medium scale and from remote to local. For some utilities, this discussion is not a forecast, but a post-mortem. Electric utilities have always built infrastructure (power lines, power plants, etc.) as long-term investments. They relied on growing electricity demand and sales to help recoup the costs of new coal-fired power or (over budget ) nuclear retrofits in the Midwest or new high-voltage power lines in the Northeast. U...

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Is Utility 2.0 a Forecast or a Post-Mortem?

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