‘Uber’​ the Distributed Energy Future

by / Tuesday, 07 February 2017 / Published in Smartgrid-CI Blog

GARY L. HUNT

The electric power future of the energy value chain is being transformed by distributed generation technology, renewable energy sources, better battery storage, and a revolution in the century old regulated utility business model to democratize the energy value chain.

Technology and California’s Community Choice Aggregation law empowers customers to drive the distributed energy resource future (DER). San Mateo County is the latest Bay Area county launching a customer community choice aggregation giving retail energy customers an alternative to their traditional monopoly utility PG&E joining Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties. Santa Clara county is about to launch a similar program. This means that virtually all commercial and industrial (C&I) customers across Silicon Valley are now in play. Technology, customer choice and disruptive market rules are converging to speed the transformation of traditional energy markets and beyond the meter self-generation forcing changes to business models, regulations, solutions and services.

California is ground zero in the West for energy transformation with 50% of US private solar systems—more than half a million businesses and homes; more than 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEV)—40% of total PEV sales—with a goal of 1.5 million by 2025.

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