Regulating the Utility of the Future: Implications for the Grid Edge

by Bentham Paulos

With new technologies and consumer demand for cleaner energy rapidly transforming the power sector (most notably with the proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) like solar PV, demand response, and energy storage), the need for a "utility of the future" is at the forefront of conversations within and outside of utilities.

FIGURE: 'Utility of the Future' Projects

Source: GTM Research

This 89-page report analyzes the five states that are paving the path for the utility of the future, whether driven by the opportunity that grid edge technologies can offer or by technological, financial, and political pressure. With proceedings underway in California, New York, Hawaii, Minnesota and Massachusetts, this report identifies key issues and positions of stakeholders, and speculates on the business opportunities that may be created for grid edge companies. For companies outside of the dockets, this report can be viewed as a field guide with which to identify the most appropriate proceedings to track and engage.

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Bentham Paulos Consultant

Bentham Paulos is the principal of PaulosAnalysis, consulting and writing on clean energy policy, industry trends, and philanthropy. He is currently directing the Power Markets Project, looking at the impact of renewable energy on electricity market designs in Germany and the U.S. Previously, he managed America's Power Plan, a policy roadmap for moving to a high renewable energy future.

He was a program director with the Energy Foundation from 2000 to 2013, making grants to promote renewable energy, utility efficiency, and advanced biofuels. He previously worked for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Abt Associates. Paulos holds a master’s degree in energy policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

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