Utilities 2.0: The Role of DG and DR in Evolving Utility Business Models
Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 9:30am - 12:00pm EST / Streamed Panel Discussion: 7:00am - 8:30am PST / 10:00am - 11:30am EST / 16:00 - 17:30 (Paris-Brussels)
PwC’s 2013 survey of 53 power and utility companies across 35 countries regarding the changing power sector business model found that:
- 94% predict a complete transformation or important changes to the utility business model
- 67% expect technology and new supply sources to dramatically reduce dependence on oil and gas-rich countries
- 82% see distributed generation as an “opportunity” versus 18% rating it as a “threat”
Distributed generation will likely have a more disruptive impact on utilities than any other area of innovation. However, many other changes, such as big data and analytics, energy and performance efficiency, smart grids, microgrids, government incentive programs for select technologies, and increasing interest in demand-side management technologies will further complicate the business model.
This roundtable session will tackle current and future issues impacting utility business models.
Scott Thigpen, Booz Allen Hamilton, Senior Associate
Rory Christian, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Director - New York Smart Power (Moderator)
Catherine Potter, PwC, Sustainable Business Solutions Advisory Director
Rudy Stegemoeller, NYS Dept. of Public Service, Special Assistant for Energy Policy
Michael Masri, Chadbourne & Parke, Associate