Utility Execs' Roundtable: We sat down with execs from seven utilities in the Northeast who help lead their companies on future strategies
We sat down with execs from seven utilities in the Northeast who help lead their companies on future strategies the Future. Utility 2.0. Distribution System Operator. Reforming the Energy Vision. These are just a few of the terms popularized in recent debates about the utility's role in electricity's future.
Some say the utility's role will be much changed and much diminished. Third parties shall increasingly meet the emerging wants and needs of electric customers. Many more say they're not so sure. But even they accept there will be changes and challenges aplenty.
Navigant and Public Utilities Fortnightly convened a roundtable of utility execs to peer into electricity's future. Hosted by Con Edison at its historic Manhattan headquarters, execs from seven utilities in the Northeast U.S. took part.
PUF's Editor Steve Mitnick led the discussion of part I, focused on what changes are coming down the pike. The transcript of that discussion is here. Navigant's Jan Vrins led the discussion of part II, focused on how utilities are preparing for this future. The transcript of that discussion will be in March 2017's PUF.
Part I: Changes and Challenges
PUF's Steve Mitnick: Why do you think the role of the utility in the electricity industry's future has become a major topic?