A growing coalition is going to have a huge impact as the utility industry gets its act together to lobby for specific demand response/smart grid legislation:
DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and Nexant Join the Association for DR & Smart Grid
Three more leaders in demand response and smart grid have joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), the national DR and smart grid organization. They come aboard as ADS prepares for the upcoming National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid (http://www.demandresponsetownmeeting.com). The new members are DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and Nexant.”
The timing is perfect. U.S. load growth is expected to be pretty flat for the next decade and we may be able to serve that small growth with just demand response enabled by smart grid technology. We may not need to build much more generation or transmission than we have now. That could a big shift in the U.S. utility technology market and a rethink of how utilities can make money without depending primarily on ROI from big capital expenditures.
Of course, this opens the door for even more non-utility entities to enter the energy market. Maybe we’re entering sort of a neo-deregulation era.
In any case, technology is available. Now we need new rate setting procedures and legislations. This new coalition forms a powerful lobbying base to get those things done.
What do you think?