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Stuart Ravens, Principal Research Analyst

Stuart Ravens

Stuart Ravens is a principal research analyst, contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformation team. Ravens focuses on utility digitization, analyzing topics such as IT, analytics, transactive energy, blockchain, and changing utility business models.

Ravens has been an analyst for more than 20 years. For the past eight years, his work has focused on the use of ICT by utilities. He has played a lead role in the delivery of custom research and advisory work for many utilities, IT vendors, service providers, and renewables specialists. As an expert on the use of IT in the energy industry, he has been invited to speak at conferences around the world.  He has also worked as an analyst in financial and professional services organizations based in London. He holds an MSc in information science from City University, London.

Recent Reports

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  • Demand Response for Renewables Integration

    DRRI Market Drivers and Barriers, Case Studies, and Global Market Forecasts

    Small amounts of intermittent renewable generation like solar and wind power have almost no measurable effect on overall system stability. Yet, anticipating the degree to which generation goes up and down rapidly—called ramp events—is critical to supporting grid stability in a cost-effective manner when penetration exceeds 10%-1...

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  • Industrial Internet of Things

    Industrial IoT Devices, Software, and Services:

    Managers in nearly all industries regularly evaluate the latest digital technologies to drive growth, lower costs, improve margins, and develop new revenue streams. A suite of technologies collectively known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is emerging to do just that. This platform is part of the overall IoT megatrend in...

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  • Utility Digitization Strategies

    It is difficult to avoid the current hype surrounding digitization. Industry press, conferences, and webinars are all showing a tremendous amount of interest in digitization. And that is no surprise, as the end goal of a digital transformation is the complete overhaul of a business—not just IT infrastructure, but entire business p...

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  • Navigant Research Leaderboard: Residential Solar Monitoring and HEMS

    Assessment of Strategy and Execution

    Residential solar monitoring has been part of installations since the turn of the century, when residential installations became a reality. Initially, monitoring systems were used mostly as a presentation tool that allowed installers and end users to display how a system operates but had little built-in intelligence. Today, monitori...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Utilities Will Rely on Vendor Ecosystems to Support the Energy Transition

    November 10, 2017

    Until recently, I often introduced presentations or blog posts with a warning that the utility industry was about to enter the most disruptive decade in its century-long existence. That is no longer true, because I believe the industry has now entered that decade. Okay, the timing for different countries may vary, as will the length...

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  • Innovation Aplenty at the European Utility Week

    October 10, 2017

    From October 3 to 5, the European energy industry converged on Amsterdam for European Utility Week, an event I have attended off and on since 2009. In a conservative, slow-moving industry, previous events have felt a little like the utility technology equivalent of Groundhog Day. This year’s event was far from it. The 2017 exhibit...

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  • Trust in Blockchain

    October 3, 2017

    Trust. You can’t touch it or smell it, but it’s a vital ingredient in every commercial transaction. It exists between companies and their staff, suppliers, and customers. The entire worldwide monetary system is based on the principle of trust. One could argue that trust, above all else, is what binds the modern world together. H...

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  • The United Kingdom Takes Giant Steps toward Market Transformation

    August 29, 2017

    Coauthored by Marc Bartlett In July 2017, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and energy regulator Ofgem published their Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. This document outlines the United Kingdom’s next phase in its transition to a low carbon future. It is the result of a long c...

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Recent Press Releases

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