Utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any choice but to embrace distributed solar. In many regions of the country, utilities are wary of rooftop solar, largely because it makes operating the grid more difficult while spreading the costs of doing so over a smaller customer base. It’s a problem no utility wants to have. However, a few utilities and generation owners have begun to explore business models that would feature development and ownership of distributed solar assets. Can distributed technologies be integrated into the grid to the point where they help manage the increasingly complex needs of New York's power system? How are utilities now incented to get the customer to use less energy?Moderator:
Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
John Cooper, US Business Development Manager, SIEMENS INDUSTRY,INC.
Paul DeCotis, Director, WEST MONROE PARTNERS
John Flory, Executive Managing Director, THE ALLIANCE RISK GROUP
Jonathan Schrag, Senior Fellow in Energy, NYU SCHOOL OF LAW