Navigating the Urban Energy Transformation

Building Smart and Sustainable Future Cities

The importance of cities to the development of a sustainable, global economy is widely recognized. City leaders around the world have been making commitments to deliver the necessary reduction in urban emissions to meet global climate goals. Achieving these targets will require a combination of new energy solutions, new technologies, new approaches to city management and operations, and the development of Energy Cloud platforms on which partners can support cities in their transformation to a zero carbon economy.

The zero carbon city will be characterized by a complex set of interdependencies between diverse aspects of city operations, infrastructure, and platforms. It will require new networks for collaboration between cities, utilities, and other energy sector players, as well as transportation providers, building owners, telecommunication companies, and technology suppliers. Navigant Research estimates that such collaboration will create a market worth more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade for smart services across urban energy, buildings, mobility, and other city operations.

This Navigant white paper looks at the critical elements of the emerging city energy landscape, including the spread of distributed renewable energy, building energy programs, and the rethinking of city transportation. The impact of these innovations is amplified by the advance of digital technologies and the new platforms and business models they are enabling. Navigant’s paper outlines the opportunities and challenges that these new platforms offer to diverse stakeholders in the future Urban Energy Cloud.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • How are the energy needs of cities changing?
  • How can cities benefit from new opportunities in the energy market?
  • What opportunities do smart city programs provide for utilities?
  • What are the building blocks of the low carbon city?
  • What is the Urban Energy Cloud?
  • How does the city as a service model support the creation of low carbon cities?
  • What is the role of intelligent buildings in the Urban Energy Cloud?
  • What is the role of the emerging transportation-utility nexus?
  • What is a circular city?
Who needs this report?
  • IT, networking, and telecommunications vendors
  • Smart grid hardware and software vendors
  • Building equipment and appliance vendors
  • Smart transportation providers
  • Energy management hardware and software vendors
  • Utilities
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   A New City Energy Landscape

1.2   The Energy Cloud

1.3   Key Messages

2. Creating the Low Carbon Cities of 2030

2.1   Cities Step Up

2.2   The City as a Service

2.3   The Challenges

3. Laying the Foundations

3.1   The Building Blocks

3.2   Cities and the Energy Cloud

3.3   City Platforms

3.4   Buildings and the Future of Urban Energy

3.5   The Age of Low Carbon Mobility

3.6   The Circular City

4. Delivering on the Vision

4.1   The Urban Energy Cloud 2030

4.2   Recommendations for City Leaders and Other Policy Makers

4.3   Recommendations for Utilities and Other Energy Companies

List of Charts, Tables, and Figures

  • The Emerging Energy Cloud
  • Value Creation in the Energy Cloud: From Innovation to Orchestration
  • Smart City Services Cumulative Revenue by Sector, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • The Building Blocks of the Urban Energy Cloud
  • How Cities Are Shaping the Energy Sector
  • Impact of Driving Automation, Connectivity, and MaaS in a Model City
  • The Role of the Energy Sector in Smart Cities
  • Future City Urban Energy Maturity Model
  • Climate Action Plans of Selected Cities

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