The State of the Electric Utility 2015

Utility Dive (free download with registration)
http://www.utilitydive.com/library/the-state-of-the-electric-utility-2015/

[From article] …Utility Dive’s report shows the biggest opportunity may also be a challenge. About a third of survey respondents each identified grid operations and profitability as the greatest challenges surrounding distributed energy, and the report notes that as utilities shift away from traditional profit centers, “regulators must enable them to adopt new business models.”

Resource planning rounded out the top-3 distributed generation concerns. And more than half of those surveyed, 56%, said they see DG as an opportunity but are unsure of how to build a business around it, leading the report to conclude that “if utilities abandon traditional utility profit centers of the past, regulators must enable them to adopt new business models.”

Almost half of utilities are now building new business models around distributed generation, the report found, and 55% say partnering with a third-party provider is the strongest investment in the new space, followed by potential regulated investment in distributed resources…

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