We recommend regulatory policy changes to create a more economically sustainable future and examine utility business models in an age of changing technologies.

 

There are many ways innovation can disrupt your business–sometimes disruption can be acute; other times, it happens so gradually that by the time you even notice, it might be too late for action. In Energy Central, Slipstream’s Steve Kihm, principal and chief economist, and Karen Weigert, vice president business strategy and regional operations, share stories of businesses impacted by both types of disruption. Learn how these businesses responded, the long-term effects they experienced, and the lessons that utilities can take from their stories. More
A series of reports from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory taps leading thinkers to grapple with complex regulatory issues for electricity. Learn more. More
In this article featured in Electricity Policy, Steve Corneli and Steve Kihm discuss how continued improvements in distributed energy resources may erode or even end the natural monopoly characteristics of electric distribution utilities. More
Steve Kihm, chief economist at Slipstream, and Andy Satchwell, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher, say regulators have economic levers at their disposal that can guide utilities toward green energy development while improving returns for shareholders. Read more. More
Podcast and summary courtesy of the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF). More
By Steven Kihm, Slipstream and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Peter Cappers, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Andrew Satchwell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University More
If regulators want to steer utility investment toward renewable, sustainable resources, and away from carbon-emitting types, they can apply basic investor value creation concepts when implementing policy. The key consideration is the size of the gap between two rates of return. Read Steve Kihm’s blog post on this topic. More
A paper by Steve Corneli and Steve Kihm, Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future, is featured in LBNL's Lisa Schwartz's blog post in Greentech Media this week (June 6, 2016). More
In April 2016, Slipstream chief economist and principal Steve Kihm's co-authored paper, “You Get What You Pay For: Moving Toward Value in Utility Compensation,” was included in a draft ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission. More