A 21st Century Electric Utility

Many people will have read the Edison Electric Institute’s 2013 report by Peter Kind of Energy Infrastructure Advocates that says the growth of distributed energy resources pose disruptive challenges to utilities.  Since then, we’ve seen increasingly bitter battles over utilities seeking to impose fixed charges and other regulatory changes to protect their revenues.

CERES has published a follow-on report by the same author that lays out a new vision for utilities.  He suggests that a robust grid remains important, and identifies several ways to create benefits for customers, policymakers, utility capital providers and competitive service providers   In short, it doesn’t have to be a fixed pie.

Interesting reading.

The 2015 CERES report is here.

The earlier 2013 EEI report is here.