Will utilities become Uber for DERs?

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As the industry debates the role of the utility in a distributed energy future, utility leaders are touting a network approach, by Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive

It’s no big secret: The utility sector is undergoing a transformation, and new disruptive and distributed technologies are increasingly driving that change.  “We’re witnessing a convergence of old and new technologies,” Bob Stump, an Arizona utility regulator, said in a speech at Edison Electric Institute’s annual Powering the People event. “Distributed resources in some way or another are here to stay.” The majority of utility executives surveyed by Utility Dive
acknowledge the utility business model needs to change and is indeed changing, with only 5% of those surveyed saying their utility should not build a business model for distributed energy resources. Continue reading.