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Stuart Ravens, Principal Research Analyst

Stuart Ravens

Stuart Ravens is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Utility Transformations program.  Ravens focuses on utility digitization, analyzing topics such as IT, analytics, transactive energy, blockchain, and changing utility business models. His work covers utility and vendor strategies for managing the transformation to a distributed future, as well as how new technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, can offer utilities a future competitive advantage. Additionally, he covers the significant barriers to digital transformation and how utilities can manage them to their advantage.

Ravens has been an analyst for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years, his work has focused on the use of technology 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.  Ravens 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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  • Implementing Innovation Strategies for Utilities

    Utility investments are shifting from the traditional value chain toward Energy Cloud-related companies—those focused on renewables, energy services, or software to manage distributed energy resources (DER). Navigant Research’s analysis of the investments global utilities made in 2016 and 2017 also shows that European utilities ...

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  • Building the Fiber Backbone for Utility Networking Needs Today and Tomorrow

    Fiber optic networking throughout a utility’s territory is more than a simple technology choice—it is a strategic imperative for long-term success. Utilities that make calculated investments in fiber optic networking today, as well as tactical partnerships across and around their operating territories, stand to be well-positione...

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  • Creating an Agile Energy Cloud Platform

    In its Energy Cloud 4.0 white paper, Navigant Consulting, Inc. (Navigant) discusses how Energy Cloud platforms will support the business models required by a clean, intelligent, mobile, and distributed energy system. The transition from an asset-focused to a network orchestrator model shifts utilities’ attention to many new busine...

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  • IoT and Analytics for Utilities Market Overview

    DER, Grid Operations, Asset Performance, and Customer Applications:

    Utilities face mounting challenges as they attempt to leverage a plethora of generating assets, transmission and distribution (T&D) system equipment, and smart meters connected to the grid that create mountains of data. The Internet of Things (IoT) has invaded their space. Utilities already use software tools and control systems...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • What Exactly Is AI? Does It Matter?

    June 19, 2018

    The more I read about artificial intelligence (AI), the less clear it becomes what people mean when they talk about AI. And while semantic arguments can be a waste of everyone’s time, a loose definition of Al presents an opportunity for vendors to package software into something that it isn’t. Blockchain and AI vie for position ...

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  • OSIsoft and Partners Help Demonstrate the Power of Private LTE Networks

    May 29, 2018

    Sempra Energy called on a consortium of vendors to help deliver a real-time wind farm monitoring system after suffering from expensive, unplanned turbine outages at its Broken Bow II wind farm in Custer County, Nebraska. Failure in pitch assemblies are one of the most common causes of wind turbine outages. The run-to-fail cost per t...

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  • Swinging the Blockchain Hammer – Event Horizon 2018: Part 2

    May 8, 2018

    In my second post following the Event Horizon 2018 event, I discuss blockchain startups’ business models. I see too many startups following the peer-to-peer energy trading model, rather than pursuing business models that address utilities’ current needs. A Hammer without a Nail Is Just Scrap Metal Innovation in the technology in...

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  • A Robust Analytics Infrastructure Is Vital for Future EV Business Models

    May 1, 2018

    The electricity industry is waking up to the prospect of large-scale deployments of EVs. And well it might, as all signs point to a future where EVs are increasingly common. Annual demand from EVs for electricity could exceed 400 TWh by 2035, creating the largest opportunity for new load growth in a generation. However, EVs will als...

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Recent Press Releases

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