Energy as a Service

Commercial and Industrial Energy as a Service Applications
and Deployment Models: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The electric power industry is facing a fundamental shift from centralized generation toward a more decentralized grid known as the Energy Cloud. Commercial and industrial (C&I) energy and sustainability managers are choosing to apply new technology and business model innovations driven by the Energy Cloud to meet energy needs. Navigant Research anticipates that these evolving grid and customer factors will converge to give rise to demand for vendor-based energy business model disruptors that can provide turnkey energy as a service (EaaS) solutions.

EaaS can be defined as the management of one or more aspects of a customer’s energy portfolio—including strategy, program management, energy supply, energy use, and asset management—by applying new products, services, financing instruments, and technology solutions. While in its early stages, the EaaS market consists of third-party vendors, utility services companies, and potential business model disruptors deploying niche technical, financing, or procurement solutions like solar PV power purchase agreements, energy services performance contracts, and deregulated electricity market retail brokerage services. As the EaaS market matures, it is expected to give rise to the outsourcing of energy portfolios and turnkey vendors equipped with a comprehensive set of technical, financing, and deployment model options. According to Navigant Research, the annual global market for the deployment of C&I EaaS is expected to reach $221.1 billion by 2026.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for the deployment of turnkey EaaS focused primarily on large Fortune 500 equivalent C&I customers. The study provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers, barriers, and regional and global trends, associated with EaaS offerings and deployment models. Global market forecasts, segmented by region, application, and deployment model, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key applications related to EaaS, as well as the vendor landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What is energy as a service (EaaS)?
  • What are the key market drivers and barriers for the deployment of EaaS solutions?
  • What regional trends are affecting the deployment of commercial and industrial (C&I) EaaS systems?
  • Which deployment models will EaaS vendors use and what applications will they bring to market?
  • What are the global market forecasts for the deployment of C&I EaaS systems through 2026?
Who needs this report?
  • Solar PV project developers and financiers
  • Solar PV technology manufacturers
  • Distributed energy resources (DER) technology manufacturers
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) project developers
  • Demand response (DR) technology manufacturers
  • Microgrid project developers, systems integrators, and financiers
  • Energy services companies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Overview of EaaS Applications

1.3   Forecast Highlights

2. Market Issues

2.1   EaaS Market Overview

2.2   Customer Energy Needs

2.3   EaaS Applications

2.3.1   Energy Portfolio Advisory Solutions

2.3.2   Onsite Energy Supply

2.3.3   Offsite Energy Supply

2.3.4   Energy Efficiency and Building Optimization Solutions

2.3.5   Load Management and Optimization Solutions

2.4   EaaS Deployment Models

2.5   EaaS Maturity Landscape

2.6   Current EaaS Vendor Landscape

2.7   C&I EaaS Market Drivers

2.7.1   Customer Needs

2.7.2   Evolving Utility-Customer Relationships

2.7.3   Decreasing Component Costs

2.7.4   Data Accessibility and Technology Advancements

2.7.5   Financing Innovation

2.7.6   Emergence of Turnkey EaaS Advisory Expertise

2.8   C&I EaaS Market Barriers

2.8.1   Traditional Utility Regulatory Models

2.8.2   Lack of Financing

2.8.3   Lack of Turnkey EaaS Expertise

2.8.4   Market Competition

2.8.5   Technology Deployment Challenges

2.8.6   Payback Challenge

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Introduction

3.2   Methodology

3.3   North American C&I EaaS Market Forecast

3.4   Western Europe C&I EaaS Market Forecast

3.5   Asia Pacific C&I EaaS Market Forecast

3.6   Conclusions and Recommendations

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List
5. Table of Contents
6. Table of Charts and Figures
7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • The Energy Cloud
  • Customer Energy Management Demands
  • US Renewable Energy Purchasing Map
  • Overview of US Energy Efficiency Project Implementation Options
  • EaaS vs. Traditional Utility Energy Delivery Model
  • Example Outsourced, Managed Energy Services Agreement Model
  • Example Public-Private Partnership Model
  • EaaS Solutions Maturity Landscape
  • EaaS Market Player Acquisition and Investment Activity
  • Summary of Fortune 500 Companies with Sustainability Targets
  • Top 10 US Corporate Solar PV Users
  • Financial (Virtual) PPA for Large-Scale, Offsite Renewable Energy Purchasing
  • EaaS Supply, Demand, and Optimization Vendor Landscape
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, North America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, North America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Western Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Western Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026

List of Tables

  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, North America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Western Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Eastern Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Application, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, North America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Western Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Eastern Europe: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Deployment Model, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Energy Portfolio Advisory Solutions, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Onsite Energy Supply, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Offsite Energy Supply, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Energy Efficiency and Building Optimization, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Load Management and Optimization, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Pure-Play Solutions Provider, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Bundled Solutions Provider, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Integrated Facilities Management + EaaS Provider, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Outsourced Management ESAs, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual EaaS Revenue by Region, Asset Monetization/Public-Private Partnerships, World Markets: 2017-2026

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