Utility sales growth and shareholder returns

How does distributed generation impact utility sales and shareholder returns? Steve Kihm and Tracy La Haise present an interesting argument that it is not utility sales that drive utility stock returns, but asset growth. This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Strategies, the magazine of the Association of Energy Services Professionals.  Continue reading

Rethinking regulation to deliver a smarter electricity system

Steve Kihm teamed up with former Colorado PUC Chair Ron Lehr and America's Power Plan's Sonia Aggarwal to set forth a financial framework to promote sustainable resource development. Continue reading

Utility pricing and new business models: the inside scoop

Watch the on-demand webinar hosted by UW-Extension: New pricing proposals: protecting investors or the public interest Download the paper published by ACEEE: Designing a new utility business model? Better understand the traditional one first Continue reading

Can utilities adopt opportunistic strategies under disruptive competition?

Rooftop solar leads a wave of disruptive competition for electric utilities that is grounded in innovations in technology, public policy, social preferences, and business practices. Regulatory protections cannot insulate utilities from these challenges. Leaders in the emerging environment will succeed by focusing on strategies that create new value for customers. Continue reading
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Pursuit of net zero energy: the Walgreens experience

In this webinar, our team of experts and practitioners show how to approach a net zero building project. Attempting to achieve net zero energy creates unique design, engineering, and business challenges that require innovative solutions. Continue reading

Distributed generation creates challenges for regulators

Increasing numbers of customers generate some of their own power, causing net revenue losses for utilities. Regulators are being asked to approve substantially revised utility pricing structures to stem those losses. Setting prices in this manner raises significant issues for policymakers. We analyzed impacts on utility finances and rates and identified the factors driving the market. Continue reading