Utilities of the Future
New technologies are leading to substantial changes in the energy sector. But are our electricity policies, regulations, and electricity providers evolving in ways that take full advantage of these technologies? Will the future electric grid allow customers to how they purchase and sell energy? This event will explore these questions and examine pathways to a new paradigm for the electric grid.
This event will take place at the Edison Electric Institute and will feature speakers and topics such as:
- grid modernization, electrification, and the future of the electric grid
- distributed energy resources, including renewable energy, storage, and demand management
- transactive energy and a participatory grid
- the potential for decarbonizing the grid
- disruptive technologies and policies that can facilitate an evolved electric grid
- setting expectations – optimistic vs realistic scenarios on the pace of change over the next few years
Speakers: Cyril Draffin, MIT Energy Initiative, will overview a framework for regulatory, policy, and market reforms that foster utilities of the future. Dr. John Caldwell, Edison Electric Institute’s Director of Economics, will discuss how the electric grid can evolve to one in which customers participate in energy transactions like buying and selling energy. Elizabeth Stein is an attorney in the Environmental Defense Fund’s Clean Energy Program and will present an overview of the potential for decarbonizing electric supply through grid modernization and distributed energy based on lessons learned to date from New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision.