Policy analysis

We recommend regulatory policy changes to create a more economically sustainable future and examine utility business models in an age of changing technologies. Our experts include former regulators who understand policymaking inside and out.

2016 ACEEE Summer Study Panel 6: Utilities and the Future


ISEIF Surge Series: The Human Side of Smart Grid

Podcast and summary courtesy of the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF):

The utility business model is an important driver in making the energy system cleaner and more efficient. In what ways is the business model changing as the energy landscape diversifies? Clare and Uzma discuss this high-stakes, complex issue with Steve Kihm of Seventhwave and Andy Satchwell of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, two authors of a recent paper about the financial and regulatory implications of the shifting utility landscape. Listen to the full episode for a tribute to the tenth anniversary of Snakes on a Plane, and hear Steve and Andy's insights into the following questions:

  • What is the utility business model and why is it so difficult for utilities to change it?
  • What factors must regulators balance when trying to incentivize carbon reduction?
  • How are different states tackling the transition to a less carbon-intensive energy future?