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:
-Jonathan Blansfield and Lisa Wood, Institute for Electric Innovation
-Ryan Katofsky, Benjamin Stafford and Danny Waggoner, Advanced Energy Economy
-National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates