Seeking to determine the future of the provision of electricity services, whether centralized or decentralized. Exploring alternative business models and transformative technologies under diverse regulatory and markets contexts and within the global framework of an increasingly decarbonized power sector.
The Utility of the Future brings together a diverse consortium of leading international companies to address emerging issues in the electric power sector, and provides a neutral framework within which to evaluate the economic, regulatory, and technological impacts of the ongoing evolution of the power sector world-wide. The study team from MIT and IIT-Comillas combines a breadth of skills in quantitative economic and engineering modeling, with a sophisticated understanding of the complex interactions in the electric power industry. The team includes faculty with decades of experience in advising governments, corporations, and institutions on regulation and market design. The consortium partners — industrial and other market participants — bring valuable real-world expertise and experience to the study.
The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has a long history of identifying research topics that lend themselves to a consortium approach. Such topics benefit from aggregating a diverse set of perspectives on a set of critical issues facing the industry at large. This “commons” approach benefits all of the partners, while enabling each member to individually benefit from an increased understanding of the unique implications to their organization.
This comprehensive study will address the technology, policy, and business models shaping the evolution of the delivery of electricity services. It will examine several possible scenarios of the future of the electricity sector in order to inform utilities, regulators, policy makers, and new market actors attempting to navigate a rapidly changing industry. To guide the work, MITEI is building a consortium of stakeholders who can help provide insight into the challenges they are confronting.
Our objective is to evaluate new and emerging technologies and combinations of these technologies, such as rooftop solar, distributed generation, and demand response implemented in the distribution sector. In addition, we will look at how the distributed and the centralized power systems will be coordinated in the delivery of energy services.
Over the course of the multi-year study, we will seek to answer key questions such as:
Research and Project Advisors
The External Advisory Board
|Phil Sharp - Utility of the Future Advisory Committee Chair
President, Resources for the Future
Richard O’Neill - Utility of the Future Advisory Committee Vice Chair
Chief Economic Advisor, FERC
Janet Gail Besser
Executive Vice President, Northeast Clean Energy Council
Paul Centolella & Associates
Senior Partner, Ofgem Smarter Grids & Governance: Transmission
CEO and President, Ambri Inc.
Chairman & CEO, EnerNOC
President & Founder, Opower
Manuel Sanchez Jimenez
Policy Officer, European Commission
President and CEO, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, MIT Professor Emeritus
Luca Lo Schiavo
Deputy Director, Service Quality and Consumer Affairs, Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas
Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
Additional memberships are being finalized. For additional information or to join the consortium, please contact:
Raanan A. Miller
MITEI Executive Director, Utility of the Future
Louis J. Carranza
Associate Director, MITEI