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Australian Solar Energy Businesses Restructuring for Survival

September 13, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Notwithstanding the farcical goings on around the RET review, solar businesses in Australia continue to move and shake. Its seems the last few months have been all about mergers and acquisitions which is either a sign of industry maturity or desperation, depending on your perspective.[read more]

Utility 2.0: New York Electricity Market Should Allow Third Parties to Compete

September 11, 2014 by John Finnigan

New York Electric Grid Development

The New York Public Service Commission has embarked on the landmark Reforming Energy Vision proceeding to design a new business model for electric utilities. Today’s business model allows utilities to earn revenues based on how much money they spend to supply and deliver electricity.[read more]

Utility 2.0: NY's New Business Model Should Properly Value the Costs and Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

August 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Utility Future

As we’ve mentioned before, New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and ‘smart’ electric grid.[read more]

This Graphic Illustrates the Energy Efficiency Problem Created By Split Incentives

August 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Split Incentives

When someone else is paying, doesn't it make you want to consume more? Perhaps you order that fancy dessert when your friend takes you out to dinner. It's easy to keep consuming when you don't have to pay the full cost. And that's exactly what people who don't have to pay their utility bills do as well.[read more]

Not Your Grandpa's Utility Business Model

August 4, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Changing Utility Models

 

Although it’s been a while since the term “utility death spiral” has been trotted out in the media, there’s no doubt that utilities are under pressure to modernize and innovate their business models. This week we saw several significant moves from utilities that may move us toward to a 21st Century electricity system.[read more]

Utilities Decoupling to Cover Their Assets

August 2, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado filed a case at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about PSCo recovering the costs of retiring and retrofitting coal plants as agreed to under the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act of 2010. But there’s a piece of the case that could have much wider implications.[read more]

Utility Industry: We Need to Promote Electric Vehicles in Order to 'Remain Viable'

August 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry's main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the industry.[read more]

SolarCity Quietly Moving to Loans and Customer-Owned Solar

July 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Business Change

Officially, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint do not offer loans for the residential photovoltaic systems that they help finance and install. Unofficially, it's another story. These market-leading firms make their money with residential solar leases and power-purchase agreements. And business is pretty good.[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

July 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Changing Utility Business Models

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.[read more]

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Financing Hits New Milestone

July 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Pay-As-You-Go Solar

From Pakistan to Kenya, anecdotal reports have been trickling in that pay-as-you-go solar finance -- the off-grid solar market's version of a "solar lease" -- is driving record sales. Now, we can add one more data point to add to the mounting evidence.[read more]

Should Utility Companies Be More Like Broadband Providers?

June 14, 2014 by Martin LaMonica
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Electricity is the ultimate commodity. Since gadgets and appliances work no matter where they plug in, it's nearly impossible for consumers to distinguish between different products. But executives say that utilities need to start marketing more personalized products in order to stay relevant.[read more]

3 Models That Could Help Utilities Make Money From Solar Energy

March 3, 2014 by Martin LaMonica
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When the world wide web first came onto the scene, the dominant supplier of proprietary software, Microsoft, was forced to adopt the internet to stay relevant. Could there be a lesson here for utilities grappling with the disruptive nature of distributed technologies like solar?[read more]

Street Fight: LED Street Lighting, the Newest Challenge to Old Utility Business Models

December 5, 2013 by Dan Cross-Call
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A lot is being said about various threats to the electric utility business model. At their root, many of those threats are really a fundamental misalignment between utilities’ revenue model and their customers’ own financial needs and service preferences.[read more]