Building Space to Co-Create the Future
Dan Bradley is a managing director in Navigant’s energy practice, where he focuses on developing and operationalizing strategies for investments, business initiatives, products and development, and professional services across the utility, investor, and manufacturing sectors. Currently, he is director in charge of the REV Connect program, where Navigant has partnered with NYSERDA to accelerate innovative energy partnerships in New York State.
H. Christine Richards is a managing consultant in Navigant’s energy practice.
Through a series of articles with Public Utilities Fortnightly, we've explored new approaches to develop transformational business models in New York State through REV Connect and Innovation Sprints. A theme throughout these discussions is that REV Connect builds a safe space to innovate — an opportunity for partners to share their perspectives and ideas, to challenge one another and to work to better define energy's future business models.
These patterns are extending beyond New York State as other utilities begin to rethink their approaches to innovation. Navigant caught up with Phil Nevels, director of the Utility of the Future at Exelon Utilities, and Jason Scarlett, director of the Center for Innovation at CPS Energy, to discuss the importance of co-creating the future and the need for transparency as their organizations look to drive more innovation internally and externally in their communities.
Co-Creating the Future
REV Connect has communicated the need for utilities and solution providers to redefine their old relationship patterns. CPS Energy and Exelon Utilities are both revisiting their long-held relationships with their respective partners. A couple of years ago, much of CPS Energy's approach to innovation was largely driven by new products and offerings.