Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business

Edison Electric.


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Peter Kind
Energy Infrastructure Advocates
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January 2013

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Recent technological and economic changes are expected to challenge and
transform the electric utility
industry. These changes (or “disruptive challenges”) arise due to a convergence of factors, including: falling
costs of distributed generation and other distributed energy resources (DER); an enhanced focus on
development of
new DER technologies; increasing customer, regulatory, and political interest in demand

side management technologies (DSM); government programs to incentivize selected technologies; the
declining price of natural gas; slowing economic growth trends; and
rising electricity prices in certain areas
of the country. Taken together, these factors are potential “game changers” to the U.S. electric utility
industry, and are likely to dramatically impact customers, employees, investors, and the availability of cap
to fund future investment. The timing of such transformative changes is unclear, but with the potential for
technological innovation (e.g., solar photovoltaic or PV) becoming economically viable due to this
confluence of forces, the industry and its s
takeholders must proactively assess the impacts and alternatives
available to address disruptive challenges in a timely manner.

that’s all I can put here without risking Edison suing me for bringing to people’s attention. Ha Ha solar panels as a “Disruptive Influence”. What are multiple blown up nuke plants then Edison? Forces for stability? I think not.

One Response to “Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business”

  1. CaptD Says:

    This is a important article by the industry that explains why the nuclear industry (and others) FEAR Solar (of all flavors); please read and share widely!

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