How to find a future that works.
Michael T. Burr is Fortnightly’s editor-in-chief. He also serves as the director of Microgrid Institute.
The phrases "utility of the future" and "utility 2.0" aren't new,1 but they've entered the lexicon in a big way in recent months. In various public and private forums, utility leaders across the country have been trying to visualize the industry's future - and to clarify the utility's role in that mix.
Different people see different things when they gaze into the metaphorical crystal ball. Some see catastrophe, the so-called "death spiral." Others see a renaissance, a new age of innovation in energy services.
Most everyone sees big changes ahead.