Energy Efficiency

The Fundamentals of Results-Based Regulation

A new report calls for regulations to change so utilities can innovate—and protect customers along the way.

Green Tech Media, October 28, 2013

Utilities are in a “death spiral,” trapped in a “vicious cycle,” and are exploring “profound transitions” to fight for their continued survival. These are the kinds of headlines that have dominated the discussion of how utilities, facing sagging demand for energy amidst the rise of green-powered, energy-independent customers, are struggling to adapt to a new business paradigm.

Amidst all this talk of transformation, however, it’s important to remember that utilities — at least, the U.S. electricity distribution utilities that have been largely left out of the deregulation that’s swept over the energy industry over the past few decades — are mostly stuck doing things the same way they’ve always done them.

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