Disruption Becomes Evolution: Creating the Value-Based Utility

New business models and cutting edge technologies such as distributed solar and CHP, demand response, microgrids, energy storage, electric vehicles, cyber-security, advanced wholesale markets, and new competitive retail markets are all impacting the traditional regulated…

The Meaning of Disruption: How Should Utilities Think About Change?

There’s lots of debate about the meaning of “disruption” and what it could bring for utilities. Here are a few musings. “Disruption” is one the most overused words to describe how radical technological change can…

Google, Comcast threaten utility business

Americans are now more than ever looking at alternate ways of acquiring their energy. Almost 30 percent of Americans would leave their utility if they could and 64 percent of those would choose a non-utility…

Five social media tips for utilities

Credit: Thinkstock Social media has matured to the point where utilities can leverage the tool as an effective and low-cost way to help achieve electronic billing (e-bill) adoption goals. The use of social media among…

Under pressure: Utilities make distributed energy moves

Utilities are facing unprecedented challenges to their traditional business models.   A growing number of utility customers in the U.S. are selling electricity generated by distributed energy resources (DER) like rooftop solar back to their utility…

Solar Disruption Could Spell Trouble For Utility Investors

Is the future of solar energy so bright that it poses a threat to electric utilities? Such a scenario may seem implausible, but it’s being taken more and more seriously, not just by environmentalists worried…

Utilities should not operate the distribution grid

Ex-FERC Chair Wellinghoff calls for the creation of IDSOs to operate the distribution grid As distributed energy resources come onto the grid in increasing numbers, the distribution system may need a new level of regulation…