NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Potential In Utilities Buying DER Providers


Gleanings from the web and the world, condensed for convenience, illustrated for enlightenment, arranged for impact...

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

While the OFFICE of President remains in highest regard at NewEnergyNews, the administration's position on the climate crisis makes it impossible to regard THIS president with respect. Therefore, until November 2020, the NewEnergyNews theme song:


  • Weekend Video: Greta: Face It – This Won’t Be Easy
  • Weekend Video: This Is The Climate Crisis
  • Weekend Video: Building A System

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Hottest Decade In Known History
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Power Of India Goes Green
  • /


  • TTTA Wednesday-ORIGINAL REPORTING: Community Solar Offers An Even Better Deal
  • TTTA Wednesday-Historic New Energy Acceleration Coming

  • MONDAY’S STUDY: U.S. Emissions Dropped 2.1% in 2019

  • Weekend Video: Documented: A Whole Continent’s Climate Has Changed
  • Weekend Video: World’s Biggest Money Fund Calls Out Climate Crisis
  • Weekend Video: Welcome To The “Solar-Plus” Decade
  • --------------------------


    Founding Editor Herman K. Trabish



    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart




      A tip of the NewEnergyNews cap to Phillip Garcia for crucial assistance in the design implementation of this site. Thanks, Phillip.


    Pay a visit to the HARRY BOYKOFF page at Basketball Reference, sponsored by NewEnergyNews and Oil In Their Blood.

  • ---------------
  • MONDAY’S STUDY: The Climate Crisis Detailed

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Potential In Utilities Buying DER Providers

    Utility buy of DER providers: A perfect match or a problematic combination? For utilities, it may be buy-in or be disrupted. But DER providers and their customers need an up side.

    Herman K. Trabish, April 29, 2019 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s note: The shift by the U.S. power sector toward distributed resources continues. The emerging question is how far it can go.

    Utilities can meet customer demand and reap new revenues by finding ways to deliver distributed energy resources (DER), but there is a more urgent reason for them to buy in.

    At present growth rates, five types of DER — distributed solar, combined heat and power, smart thermostats, electric vehicles and battery storage — will provide enough cumulative capacity by the early 2020s to flatten power sector peak demand, according to 2018 data from GTM Research. Capitalizing on this growth of customer-owned generation through their unregulated subsidiaries, utility holding companies can transform their business, according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

    "This growing but fragmented market represents a huge opportunity," a March 2019 BCG white paper reported. "With few DER market leaders so far, power companies that strike quickly" through unregulated subsidiaries "can rapidly realize a competitive edge."

    The core regulated utility business of selling electrons "is already being eroded by DER growth and the resulting declining loads," BCG Partner and paper co-author Thomas Baker told Utility Dive. "Utilities need to look at the potential value streams in new DER opportunities because those that focus solely on central station fossil fuel generation will not survive."

    Utilities are clearly beginning to see the opportunity and the need to seize it. What is not yet clear is whether utilities and DER providers can overcome the cultural differences between innovative startups and cautious institutions to work together effectively.

    A utility buy-in on DER may be an idea whose time has come, but the best way to do it is far from clear. Utility holding companies can form unregulated subsidiaries alongside their regulated utilities and use merger and acquisition (M&A) strategies to acquire established DER providers, Baker said. But "it remains to be proven that this M&A strategy will deliver success," he acknowledged. Using M&A strategies "may be a good idea for utilities," though it is not yet clear whether best strategy is buying in or developing their own technologies, Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group, which has provided clean energy market research and consulting since 2010, told Utility Dive… click here for more



    Post a Comment

    << Home