The Utility ‘Death Spiral’

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Too many off-grid personal power stations will undermine communal infrastructure The price of photovoltaic cells continues to plummet while their efficiency continues to rise. Batteries and other energy-storage technologies are…

Capitalizing on the digital transformation

Energy companies are undergoing a digital transformation. Customers are driving this shift in business model, in part, through their choice of communication channels. Mobile is a huge part. In 2013, utility customer communication via mobile…

How New York is reinventing the electric utility

State PSC: ‘Distributed System Platform Providers’ are the future Since the 1920s, utility regulation has helped provide the U.S. with “universal access” to electricity, Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy, recently noted. Utilities were…

Spain’s Solar Pullback Threatens Pocketbooks

Justo Cruz Rodríguez faces ruin after investing in solar power in the Spanish town of Águilas. ÁGUILAS, Spain — Six years ago, Justo Cruz Rodríguez, who runs a small business here designing signs, was looking…