Electricity Storage Technology

A Wake-Up Call For Utilities To Integrate New Technologies

Although solar power has been ballyhooed as the reigning threat to the traditional utility revenue model, there is a stealth disruptor lurking in the wings: electricity storage.

New and more economically priced technology can store enough electricity to power a home or business for a few hours. That’s long enough to disrupt the peak demand charges business model many utilities rely on for their cash flows.

Alarm bells should be going off for traditional utilities. This is not just about a few wealthy homeowners making better use of their solar panels. This is about a fundamental change to the way electricity is generated, sold and used as customers use batteries to reduce their peak demand and the hefty demand charges that go along with it. This is about power plants potentially sitting idle, power lines moving less electricity and commercial customers, big and small, gaining a powerful tool to cut their electricity bills.

So what should utilities do? Rather than resist new technology, forward-thinking utility executives are drawing on their traditional strengths. They are using long-standing customer relationships to understand power requirements and system operations to integrate new technologies in a way that benefits both the customer and the utility. Failing to do so could potentially put billions of dollars of annual revenue at risk for the utility sector.

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