Utility Investments in Distributed Energy: Trends Among North American and European Utilities

by Andrew Mulherkar, Shayle Kann

Investment in distributed energy companies has tripled in value in North American and Europe since 2010, and over $1 billion in investment has come in 2016 alone. By building a portfolio of DER companies, utilities are further exploring the potential value of DERs and their ability to increase customer engagement.

Utility Investments in Distributed Energy Companies (2010 - 2016)

This free report illustrates the substantive capital invested in solar, energy storage, customer energy management and distributed energy resource (DER) integration companies by the investment arms of 42 utilities. It pulls from a proprietary database of DER investments that utility companies in North America and Europe have made since 2010. The database is a supplement to GTM Research’s database on DER technologies and services in its Grid Edge Data Hub.

Andrew Mulherkar Senior Analyst, Grid Edge

Andrew is a senior grid analyst at GTM Research, where he has authored research on venture investment, grid modernization, demand-side management and unregulated utility service offerings. His coverage spans across a variety of technologies and services that enable end users to manage energy consumption and costs, with a particular focus on the non-residential market. Prior to joining the analyst team, Andrew worked on digital marketing for Greentech Media's online team. Andrew formerly worked for Climate Corps, a corporate energy efficiency program within the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Green Project at NDN, a think tank and advocacy organization. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in International Relations.

Shayle Kann Head of GTM Research & Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

Shayle Kann leads GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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