Is January 13 too early to call 2014 a year to remember?
We have recently published our fifth annual white paper, Smart Utilities: 10 Trends to Watch in 2014 and Beyond. The free white paper, more than past editions, details the massive transformations facing utilities and their business models. Things are just so different now!
Navigant Research offers another peek into the future with our webinar, The Year Ahead in Cleantech, on Tuesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. I have dramatically titled the Smart Utilities section of the webinar, Everything You Know is Wrong. Perhaps that’s overly dramatic, but so much is changing, it’s not far off. Key trends that will be discussed include:
- Distributed generation begins to rock utilities’ world: Utility business model are likely to change, perhaps dramatically, as they suffer the one-two punch of reduced energy revenue and increased payouts to distributed generators
- Solar power generation’s impact on distribution grids will be enormous: Some governments have aggressively supported residential solar generation while others have not - What happens in either case?
- New grid-balancing technologies that deal with distributed inputs can make granular, automated decisions that enable utilities to run grids more efficiently while remaining within mandated voltage ranges
- Energy efficiency may happen in our lifetimes: We have detected signs of life in the home energy market during 2013, with some encouraging pilot programs that may foretell new life for HEM, the forever stepchild of cleantech
- Utilities are changing their view of the smart grid: We observed some interesting behavior changes during 2013, among both utilities and the vendors that sell to them
- Smart grid applications continue their rise: Navigant Research has recently completed an examination of Smart Grid IT, and this seminar will discuss some of the leading applications
These topics and more are examined in the white paper. Many of these issues are by no means resolved, nor is there any clear path to resolution. But the time to start thinking about these issues, and how they will affect your business, is now.
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