Category Archives: New Business Models

Next-Gen Flexibility is The Mantra for Grid 3.0

July 7, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, DOE Programs, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, New Business Models, Regulation

For most veterans of the utility industry, discussions about the next generation distribution grid hearken back to the 1990s with the introduction of deregulation and wholesale markets. Today’s “future” represents an even greater departure. What’s new is the rapidly rising penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) and the presence of variable renewable generation. Then too, there […]

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Uncharted Waters: New Revenue Streams for Utilities

June 6, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, New Business Models

For the last three years, conversations in Europe, then in North America, has been about the need for new revenue streams for utilities.  Utilities are facing decline in consumption, yet need to make capital investments to maintain grid reliability and integrate renewables while satisfying customers who are demanding more options and shareholders who are expecting […]

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DistribuTECH 2016: “The Future Isn’t/Ain’t What it Used to Be”

February 17, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids, New Business Models

“Focused on the Future” was the theme of DistribuTECH 2016 and the conference lived up to that promise.  In the words of Yogi Berra (maybe) and others, the concept was demonstrated in Orlando.  The buzz words this year were “grid modernization”, with mention of transmission and an emphasis on the distribution grid, notably a distribution […]

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CA Allows Utilities to “Put Down the Duckie” with EV Charging

February 3, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / New Business Models

California has done it again – moved the state closer to goals for emissions reductions.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved utility installation of 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations to help calm range anxiety.  These pilot programs will go a long way in helping utilities develop new business models while giving consumers more […]

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