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Top 10 Trends in 2018 Driving the Utility Industry Toward a Decarbonized, Distributed, Digital and Democratized Future

Published: 04 April 2018

ID: G00354874

Analyst(s): Keith Harrison , Zarko Sumic , Ethan Cohen , Nicole Foust

Summary

A confluence of socioeconomic drivers and technology innovation is forcing utilities to transform into digital enterprises. Utility CIOs should evaluate these trends as input to digital innovation and considerations for future digital business and operating models in the utility sector.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Energy Technology Consumerization Accelerates Utilities' Digital Transformation
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Electricity Markets Morph as Distributed Energy Changes Everything
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Transactive Energy Emerges as a Framework for Effective DER Integration
    • Key Findings
    • Impacts
    • Recommendations
  • Innovation in the Utilities Sector Is Driven by Digital Disruption at the Edge
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Utilities Struggle to Scale Digital Business Initiatives
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Blockchain Enables Democratization of Energy Provisioning
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Deploy AI for Utility Business and IT Optimization
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Digital Twins Improve Asset-Related Decision Making
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Distributed Energy Resource Penetration Is Disrupting Utilities
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations
  • Energy Storage Raises the Stakes for Utility Digital Business Capability
    • Key Findings
    • Implications
    • Recommendations

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