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Mackinnon Lawrence, Senior Research Director

Mackinnon Lawrence

Mackinnon Lawrence is a director in Navigant’s global Energy practice and leads Navigant Research. He is responsible for overall strategy and operations, including management of a global analyst team, development of the Firm’s Energy Cloud thought leadership framework, and client engagements supporting utility, oil & gas, telecom, manufacturing, IT, and consumer tech companies. His expertise covers energy transformation, business model innovation, and technology disruption.

With more than a decade of experience as an analyst and attorney, Lawrence has led research and consulting engagements covering emerging clean technology, grid transformation, and policy and regulatory issues. He has co-authored numerous publications, including Navigant’s State & Future of the Power Industry annual reports, Navigating the Energy Transformation, and From Grid to Cloud: A Network of Networks in Search of an Orchestrator. He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide on emerging technology issues. Lawrence holds a JD from Washington College of Law and an MA in international affairs from American University.

Recent Reports

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  • Energy Cloud 4.0

    Capturing Business Value through Disruptive Energy Platforms

    The energy sector is in the midst of a major global transformation. A rapidly increasing share of renewable energy generation, wide-scale adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), decarbonization of the global economy, electrification of transportation, and digitization are just some of the megatrends reshaping the existing en...

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  • From Smart Grid to Neural Grid

    Industry Transformation and the Top Five Technologies

    The Neural Grid represents more than Smart Grid v2.0—much more. Today, the smart grid implies the legacy mechanical power transmission and distribution (T&D) networks enhanced by pockets of automation, connectivity, and centralized IT systems. The Neural Grid implies a vastly more powerful platform of hard and soft assets leve...

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  • 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...

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  • Building-to-Grid Integration

    New Business Models and Revenue Opportunities through Technology Deployment in Commercial and Industrial Buildings:

    The transformation of the energy system presents a crossroads to the three main intelligent buildings market constituents: utilities/energy providers, technology vendors, and building owner/operators. Business benefits for innovators of the building-to-grid (B2G) platform include lower costs and sustained profits for a stronger bott...

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Recent Blog Posts

  • The Emerging Clean, Intelligent, Mobile, and Distributed Energy Ecosystem

    June 4, 2018

    To quote the moderator of the Beyond the Electron podcast I participated in last month, “The energy system isn’t what it used to be.” And that’s the exciting truth coming out of 2018. During that discussion, I explained that the global energy system is in the midst of a transformation more disruptive to the utility status qu...

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  • Preparing for Exponential Technology Innovation: Rethinking Utility 2.0

    March 24, 2017

    We are living in an era of exponential technology explosion. Since the performance of these exponential technologies increases rapidly relative to cost and size, they have a knack for completely reshaping markets and societies. To illustrate, just trace the impact on society from the personal computer through the dawn of the Interne...

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  • The Energy Cloud by the Numbers: Supergrids Go Mainstream

    February 24, 2017

    A common misconception around the rise of distributed energy resources (DER) and the Energy Cloud is that investment and innovation in the power sector is focused almost exclusively across the grid edge. While the grid’s center of gravity is shifting downstream, utility-scale generation and bulk transmission remain a key buttress ...

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  • Are We Approaching the Energy Singularity? Point

    June 27, 2016

    Elon Musk, doing his best Elon Musk, offered the provocative statement recently at the Code Conference that our existence is actually just a simulation being run by a highly advanced civilization. While a fringe theory, behind the statement is actually a rich vein of academic and philosophical thinking suggesting that we are approac...

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