Distribution utilities are undergoing unprecedented change driven by climate policy, innovative smart-grid technologies, customer adoption of distributed energy — and new customer expectations. The stakes are high, and so is the price tag. Are customers really looking for an energy revolution – akin to how smart phones have changed the telecom industry? Or are they really just looking for more affordable, resilient, reliable, clean power from their trusted utility? Can we maintain the health of our utilities and keep energy rates affordable while we invest heavily in customer enabling and grid modernizing technology and create opportunities for new competitive solutions? What are the barriers and opportunities for adapting to a shifting energy marketplace and how do utilities and customer adapt? Join us as our panel of experts explore these questions and share their views on what’s working, what’s not how they define nirvana in the world of the Utility of the Future.
Moderator: Daniel Allegretti, VP State Government Affairs -East, Exelon Corporation
Brian Conroy, Director – Network Projects & Initiatives, AVANGRID
Harrison Grubbs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, KSV
Philip O’Connor, President, PROactive Strategies, Inc.
Ian Schneider, PhD Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology