Watch the livestream archive of Advanced Energy Consumers: Customer Models Driving Utility Industry Change From the Edge.
New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision proposal is meant to transform the way electricity companies do business.
The biggest change under REV is that distribution utilities will shift from the role they play today into "distributed service platform providers" to create a more dynamic, decentralized energy system.
But consumers of electricity, from large C&I customers to homeowners, are also meant to play a different role. For large corporations, it’s easy to imagine behind-the-meter energy storage, more distributed renewable energy, and more participation in ancillary markets.
On the residential side, however, the outcome for the consumer is less clear.
Ideally, REV will eventually help moderate electricity prices by offering more options for efficiency upgrades and eliminating electricity peaks, which cost everyone money.
It will also unleash community choice aggregation, more rooftop solar and more choice in how people buy their energy.
However, it’s not clear how much people will care about having these choices and how engaged they’ll be in the process. If New York builds it, will they come?
To answer some of these questions, Greentech Media, NYC Acre and Solar One are hosting a panel discussion that looks at the role of the advanced energy consumer in New York’s future.
A challenge for REV will be engaging all types of households, especially people living in apartments and low-income communities. There is an open question about who will serve those customers and who will educate them. Will it be community organizations, utilities, other energy providers or regulators?
To learn more about how New York residents may become active players in the new energy economy, come check out the next Clean Energy Connections event, “Advanced Energy Consumers: Customer Models Driving Utility Industry Change From the Edge.”
GTM Research Grid Analyst Andrew Mulherkar will lead the discussion on September 16 at 7 p.m. in New York City alongside Chris Neidl, director of Here Comes Solar at Solar One; Jennifer Metzger, co-director of Citizens for Local Power; Juan Camilo Osorio, director of research at New York City Environmental Justice Alliance; and Laney Brown, director of Smart Grid at Iberdrola USA.
General admission is $25 and student admission is $10. Advance tickets can be purchased here.
If you cannot join the discussion in person, Greentech Media will stream the event live right here in the body of this story. Questions can be submitted via Twitter @CleanECNYC with hashtag #CleanNRGx.