Navigant Predicts a $1.3 Trillion Market Opportunity Across the Energy Cloud Ecosystem by 2030
A more agile strategic planning approach is needed to help utilities navigate disruption and position for long-term success, white paper finds
Changing customer needs, evolving policy and regulation, and accelerating innovation around distributed energy resources (DER) are driving historic transformation across the energy industry, contributing to an emerging grid known as the Energy Cloud that is cleaner, more distributed, and intelligent. Navigating the Energy Transformation details the developments and technologies that comprise the Energy Cloud while evaluating shifting revenue across the value chain, as well as the implications for incumbent players and new market entrants.
“Energy industry players must be more flexible and responsive to shifting priorities than ever before, and it is imperative for utilities to engage in a more agile strategic planning process,” says Jan Vrins, Navigant Energy segment leader. “While not all pathways to navigate this transformation will be appropriate for all players across all markets, those that acknowledge the complexity of the challenge ahead will have an advantage.”
Key findings include:
Revenue across the electric value chain will shift downstream toward
the edge of the grid, and digital innovation is expected to represent
$1.3 trillionmarket opportunity in 2030.
The most critical part of the Energy Cloud transition is balancing
ongoing investments in the core grid with additional dynamic platforms
that support new technologies, products, and services such as
integrated DER (iDER), customer energy management, smart cities and
Internet of Things(IoT), and transactive energy.
- As the network orchestrators, utilities play a key role in making sure new technologies and offerings are integrated with existing infrastructure and operations so that the full value of distributed energy is captured while the impact of stranded assets is understood and managed.
- Existing planning horizons and tools, such as strategic plans and integrated resource plans, are insufficient. A more agile strategic planning approach is needed to pinpoint the trends, opportunities, and threats, and to introduce new technologies and business models successfully to address market and customer needs.
Ongoing digitization efforts are laying the foundation for dynamic platforms that recombine technologies and services, moving beyond organizational siloes. From iDER, to smart cities, to building-to-grid, these platforms provide abundant opportunities for growth. With limited capital, however, and, in many cases, facing divergent investment choices, utilities and other stakeholders must choose a strategic pathway to navigate a new course and sustain long-term growth, according to the white paper. Navigant’s Energy Cloud Playbook outlines five steps industry participants should follow to prepare their organizations to face disruption and capture value in the Energy Cloud.
“By blending traditional assets, services, and interactions, and
unlocking many new technologies, business models, and relationships, the
emerging Energy Cloud will redefine market structures and traditional
stakeholder relationships,” says
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