The global electric power industry is evolving from a financial and engineering model that relies on large centralized power plants owned by utilities to one that is more diverse, in terms of sources of generation, ownership of these assets, and the integration of new, distributed energy resources in addition to traditional generation. This shift poses significant risks to incumbent power utilities – but it also offers major opportunities in a market that is becoming more open, more competitive, and more innovative.
In the same fashion that the Internet democratized information and knowledge, the availability of small distributed generation resources gives people more control over the power they consume, including the ability to sell the surplus power they produce. At the same time, the emergence of economical and efficient energy storage is a game-changer for the power industry, transforming electricity from a perishable good to a commodity that can be managed with much greater flexibility. Featuring research director Mackinnon Lawrence along with principal research analyst Peter Asmus, senior research analyst Anissa Dehamna, and Karin Corfee, managing director with Navigant Consulting, this Navigant Research webinar examines specific utility opportunities related to the emergence of distributed energy resources and their transformative effects on the global power sector.
- Adoption of distributed energy resources
- Impact of distributed energy resources on the grid
- Energy storage for wind and solar integration
- Virtual power plants
- Emerging utility business models
What does this webinar answer?
- What are the key drivers of the energy cloud?
- Which distributed energy resources have the most upside, after solar?
- What are the key characteristics of the business case for energy storage for wind, non-distributed solar, and distributed PV applications?
- What are the emerging business models for virtual power plant (VPP) market participants?
- What are the key issues facing VPP technologies?
- What can utilities do to capitalize on these emerging opportunities?
Who needs to attend?
- Utilities and grid operators
- Distributed generation technology manufacturers
- Energy storage technology and service providers
- Battery manufacturers and component suppliers
- Government agencies
- Smart grid hardware and software vendors
- Investor communities
- Municipal officials