Prepare for the Competitive Distributed Energy Future
By GARY L. HUNT
The big shift in energy means the Internet of Everything is creating competitive energy markets. It means new knowledge available from a tsunami of data available about our energy use. It means new choices not just in energy sources like fuels for power generation, but also new vendors, new bundles of services. It also means new connections made possible by collaboration and mutual interest both designed to help us get a better deal, optimize the performance of our business, and deliver a better value proposition to our own customers and our households.
When all this low cost energy gets put to work focused on building a better future, America will be prepared to compete anywhere in the world across every stage of the business cycle.
The big shift is low cost domestic energy growth reinventing America’s global competitive economic position. A future that makes America more secure, more technologically advanced, more globally competitive, more environmentally responsible and more self-confident than ever. We learned in the early days of competitive wholesale power generation markets that it often was better to be the third buyer of merchant generation assets as the enthusiasm of the pioneers gave way to the reality of financiers as assets were flipped to find their optimized, rationalized home in a competitive portfolio. So it is today with renewable energy, coal, and with natural gas and oil assets as the markets adapt to change…