The Future of DSOs: Digital Platform Provider vs. pure Asset Ownership

With digitalization and increasing shares of renewables on the distribution grid level the question is raised whether the distribution network operator should be assigned with the task to facilitate regional market platforms for digital and physical transactions on a regional scale. We discuss concepts from New York and California and their potential implications for regulation of the network operators in the US and Europe. 

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Why we need competition between data management models for smart grids

Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and others are currently developing centralized data management systems for smart grids. These data hubs shall secure the efficient exchange of data from smart metering. While there are good reasons to proceed with this approach, we argue in this post that competition between different decentralized models for data management might increase the level of innovation compared to centralized approaches.  

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Cleantech startups: German utilities bridging the valley of death?

Cleantech startups suffered from several challenges in the past. Most prominently, many startups failed to acquire enough venture capital for a market rollout. This is currently changing in Germany. We discuss in this post what exatly is changing in Germany and how three factors together increase the chances of cleantech startups to succeed in the German energy market. 

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Digitalization in the Energy Sector – Challenge accepted?

Utilities are at a crossroad: They can follow their established paths and focus on their traditional long-term business models. Or they face the challenges of digitalization and adapt to the faster innovation cycles related to digital business models. We discuss the utilities' strategies related to digitization and find arguments that support both scenarios. Which way are the utilities going to take? Let's see. 

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