Chapter 1

Innovation and Disruption at the Grid’s Edge

Fereidoon P. Sioshansi    Menlo Energy Economics, Walnut Creek, CA, United States


The contributors to this volume envisage how the transformation of the electric power industry is likely to evolve and what might be the impact of distributed energy resources on the incumbents and new entrants. This chapter acknowledges that while a myriad of new products and services are likely to emerge appealing to a growing number of prosumers, the bulk of customers are likely to remain solely or mostly dependent on the existing grid and reasonably content with bundled services at regulated tariffs. The resulting bifurcation of consumers and prosumers will be among the most vexing challenges facing ...

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