Executive Summary: U.S. Residential Solar Economic Outlook 2016-2020

This is the executive summary for our new slide-based report, released Feb. 10, 2016. The report explores how rate design and net metering reform risk complicate the residential solar economic outlook in ways that can either strengthen or weaken the rooftop solar savings that can be attained by a customer. It details what might happen under several net metering reform scenarios, provides case studies, outlines key market drivers and includes in-depth forecasting out to 2020.

States at Grid Parity in 2016

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Leading-Edge Technology Evolution and the Next Generation Utility: DynamicEnergy™

In this report, we delve into this dynamic set of developments and suggest a new way of looking at the future of the electricity system, a paradigm we call DynamicEnergy. It’s an energy environment in which two-way transactions become the new normal. In the DynamicEnergy model, load can follow supply as reliably as supply now follows load, with customer behaviors triggered by price and engineering conditions, and with the ever-shifting demands and supplies of the energy network controlled by intelligent and automated equipment.

Through this analysis, we will seek to illustrate how the Next Generation Utility (NGU) will leverage new technologies and incorporate them into a broader reimagining of the electricity market to set the stage for a DynamicEnergy future.

The New Face of Damage Assessment

The expectations of customers, regulators and politicians to receive timely and accurate information on a storm's impacts and the utility's response are rising. Aiming to satisfy stakeholder expectations and expedite restoration, utilities across the world are deploying mobile data collection tools to link data from the field with information available in outage management systems and call centers. Even for utilities that have invested in new technology, however, traditional approaches to damage assessment often involve time-intensive manual processes, resulting in poor situational intelligence and delays in external communication.

Leading vendors are now offering end-to-end solutions that enable utilities to take an advanced approach to damage assessment and outage restoration. These solutions support the entire recovery workflow through integration with core existing software platforms and redesign of business processes. By tightly integrating damage assessment technology and processes with broader operations, utilities can reduce outage times for severe storms by hours and even days, lowering costs and keeping stakeholders well-informed throughout the restoration process.