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Rapid growth of #DERs, large-scale renewables is driving utilities to test new tech, biz models, programs

Rapid growth of #DERs, large-scale renewables is driving utilities to test new tech, biz models, programs

Strategic planning: embrace a strategy for energy system transformation and craft a complementary road map for innovation. Utilities must recognize the imperative for change in their corporate strategies and develop innovation road maps that complement strategic goals. Regulators owe utilities clear and consistent messaging around their own strategic priorities for innovation. Successful DER providers will need to understand the varied utility business models and regulatory environments around the country in order to offer effective solutions. Designing to scale: design pilots and demonstrations to maximize learning and prepare for full-scale deployment. Create a distinction between exploratory pilots that only test technical feasibility and scalable demonstrations, and those that also test business models, customer adoption, and other elements necessary for scaling. When ...

Full article: https://rmi.org/news/pathways-for-innovation/

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