Customer Considerations

DER and Anti-Gravity

In the discipline of Grid Architecture, we recognize that an architecture is composed of three types of things: structure, back box components, and externally visible characteristics. Components are black box in the sense that we are not concerned with how they work or are implemented …

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Abundance vs Scarcity Thinking

“A source of increasing tension is the difference in mindset between the traditional industry scarcity mindset versus customers and new business entities with an abundance mindset.” Scarcity thinking has permeated much of the electricity industry’s regulation and decision-making methods that are now constraining the transition …

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A Gambit for Grid 2035

The Pacific Energy Institute is pleased to announce the release of its new white paper, “A Gambit for Grid 2035”. This paper by the Institutes’ Fellows examines the evolution of the power industry and structural considerations as we accelerate towards a clean and distributed electricity …

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Future History

Transformation of the electric industry isn’t isolated from the larger societal, customer and technological changes that have impacted other industries. The future history of the electric industry will be based on its ability to make institutional changes to anticipate and adapt to rapidly changing customer …

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Are We Smart Enough?

The electric industry is changing! This is old news to many of you, but in my 30-year career in the electric utility industry there has never been as many driving forces for change that could so fundamentally change the industry. Things like new regulatory models, …

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