Tendencias en RI

Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers

New energy generation, storage, delivery, and end-use technologies support a broad range of value-added electricity services for retail electricity customers. Sophisticated energy management services, distributed generation coupled with storage, and electric vehicle charging are just a few examples of emerging offerings.

Who should provide value-added services — utilities or third parties, or both, and under what conditions? What policy and regulatory changes may be needed to promote competition and innovation, to account for utility costs to enable these services, and to protect consumers?

The report approaches the issues from three perspectives: utilities, third-party service providers, and consumers.



Battery Storage in Electricity

The energy transition movement will not only need to address the issue of intermittent renewable energy electricity generation, but also the one of integrating renewable energy into the grid. In other words, battery storage constitutes a technology with multiple applications and endless possibilities. Its role in the energy transition is expected to be pivotal.



Solar Photovoltaic

A number of new business models have emerged to overcome barriers to solar PV deployment. In addition to the role of public support, the outstanding dynamic and innovativeness of the solar PV ecosystem should be recognized. Among various business models, third-party ownership (leasing or purchasing-power agreement) have proved highly efficient in fostering the deployment of distributed solar PV by reducing upfront investment costs and revealing cost savings. At the same time, the entrance of new financing players, combined with the introduction of new investment vehicles, such as Yieldcos (dividend growth-oriented public companies), have lowered financing costs, a key success factor in any capital-driven technology.



Smart City Strategy Success Factors

The whitepaper highlights the company’s top ten factors which global cities should consider when deploying smart city technologies to achieve their smart city goals. The paper Smart City Strategy Success Factors defines a smart city or region that can increase its competitiveness and quality of life, efficiently use resources, and support economic sustainability by using technology and creativity to raise the IQ of the built environment.


The Promise and Risk of the Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial cyber security has been a topic of much debate over the last decade. Despite the industry’s widespread acknowledgement of its significance, cyber security in the industry continues to be an elusive subject for many. A huge gap exists in understanding the implications of cyber security; however, the subject has been greatly discussed. Interestingly, the industrial environment is currently passing through a key phase, where the idea of Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to pervade all areas of industrial operation. This ongoing change is poised to expand the complex security needs in the factories of the future.