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Future of Utilities - Utilities of the Future. How Technological Innovations in Distributed Energy Resources Will Reshape the Electric Power Sector

  • ID: 3515819
  • Book
  • March 2016
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
Future of Utilities - Utilities of the Future: How technological innovations in distributed generation will reshape the electric power sector relates the latest information on the electric power sector its rapid transformation, particularly on the distribution network and customer side. Trends like the rapid rise of self-generation and distributed generation, microgrids, demand response, the dissemination of electric vehicles and zero-net energy buildings that promise to turn many consumers into prosumers are discussed.

The book brings together authors from industry and academic backgrounds to present their original, cutting-edge and thought-provoking ideas on the challenges currently faced by electric utilities around the globe, the opportunities they present, and what the future might hold for both traditional players and new entrants to the sector.

The book's first part lays out the present scenario, with concepts such as an integrated grid, microgrids, self-generation, customer-centric service, and pricing, while the second part focuses on how innovation, policy, regulation, and pricing models may come together to form a new electrical sector, exploring the reconfiguring of the current institutions, new rates design in light of changes to retail electricity markets and energy efficiency, and the cost and benefits of integration of distributed or intermittent generation, including coupling local renewable energy generation with electric vehicle fleets.

The final section projects the future function and role of existing electrical utilities and newcomers to this sector, looking at new pathways for business and pricing models, consumer relations, technology, and innovation.

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Part I. What is changing and what are the implications 1. What future for electric power sector 2. The value of an integrated grid 3. Microgrids: Finally finding their place 4. The new power on the consumer side of the meter 5. A customer-centric view of electricity service 6. The role of the utility and pricing in the transition

Part II. Innovation, policy, regulations, pricing 7. Regulation for a sustainable energy system
reconfiguring the institutions 8. Rate design of the future 9. Rates and revenues: Differential impacts of customer-sited distributed generation in vertically-integrated and competitive retail markets 10. Rehabilitating Retail Electricity Markets: Pitfalls and Opportunities 11. Assessing the Cost and Benefits of DER Integration 12. Efficiency and equity considerations in designing rates in the context of the death spiral for electric utilities 13. Modeling the impacts of disruptive technologies and pricing on peak demand 14. Intermittency
it's the short-term that matters 15. Opportunities and challenges in coupling local renewable energy generation with EV fleets

Part III. Function and role of the utility of the future
or the future of utilities
16. Identifying value pools, building new business models, and defining strategies rooted in inherent capabilities in utilities 17. Utilities don't simply connect, they integrate 18. Smart, renewable or decentralized: Strategic choices of European energy incumbents 19. Imagine a future where entrepreneurial, profitable utilities thrive despite disruptive technologies: German case study 20. The future of utility customers and utility customers of the future 21. Flexibility business models: new actors, new roles, new rules 22. Decentralized reliability options
market based capacity arrangements 23. Network pricing for the prosumer future: Demand-based tariffs or nodal pricing? 24. The evolution of smart grids begs disaggregated nodal pricing 25. The distributed utility: Conflicts and opportunities between the incumbent utilities, suppliers and the emerging new entrants 26. Innovation platform enables the Internet of things

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Fereidoon Sioshansi President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm focused on the rapid transformation of the electric power sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. Since 2006, he has edited 13 books published by Academic Press; the latest, Variable generation, flexible demand, was published in 2021
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