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Publication | February 26, 2020
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
Research | December 21, 2018
A series of reports from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory taps leading thinkers to grapple with complex regulatory issues for electricity. Learn more. More
Research | December 21, 2018
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
Research | December 21, 2018
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
Research | December 21, 2018
Podcast and summary courtesy of the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF). More
Research | December 21, 2018
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
Research | December 21, 2018
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
Slipstream Solution
Solution | December 19, 2018
We recommend regulatory policy changes to create a more economically sustainable future. More
Research | June 6, 2016
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
Research | April 4, 2016
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
Research | December 21, 2015
Interest rates are a key factor in determining a utility's cost of equity and investors find value when returns exceed the cost of equity. We are pleased to announce the release of a technical brief quantifying the impacts of rising interest rates on utility stock prices and discussing policy approaches state regulators could implement to mitigate negative financial impacts. More
Research | June 21, 2015
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.  More
Research | June 21, 2015
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. More
Research | June 21, 2014
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 More
Research | May 13, 2014
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. More
Research | March 13, 2014
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. More