Beginning last year there has been growing commentary in the public media about the rooftop solar threat to conventional utilities. Here are two for example.
- New York Times: On Rooftops, a Rival for Utilities
- Reuters: Analysis: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world
- Even the staid Edison Electric Institute got into the discussion: Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business
Centralized power plants, big transmission – are those technologies fading into the past? Is the very economics structure, even the basic social compact of the industry going to collapse or at least be radically restructured in the near future? And is our industry somewhat in denial? Here we are talking about optimizing the grid – but, what kind of grid?
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