Phoenix, Arizona at turning point in electric utility production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick O’Grady Managing Editor- Phoenix Business Journal Aug 23, 2013, 2:08pm MST

As technology is disrupting pretty much every major industry these days, so too has it come to utilities and electric generation.

Don’t take my word for it. Just ask Ron Pernick. The co-founder and managing director of Clean Edge Inc. was in town this week to talk to the Phoenix Green Chamber about how much things are changing in the utilities world.

“We’re at this inflection point,” Pernick said. “This really is the mainstreaming of clean energy.”

It’s happening all over the country, Pernick said. Utilities are looking at a changing model that is going to be much less dependent on growth as new technologies such as solar and other renewables, combined with cheaper natural gas production, all change the dynamics of how electricity is provided.

And around the country, utilities are grappling with it in different ways, Pernick said.

“The smart utilities, the enlightened utilities, are saying, ‘How can we make this work,’” he said.

For Arizona and Phoenix, this change has come with good results. The state ranked No. 16 in a Clean Tech survey from earlier this year, and Phoenix ranked No. 20 on a list of 50 metros in terms of what they are doing for cleantech growth.

Clean Edge tracks all of that and more. The company started in about 2000, and it works in three basic areas: providing a clean energy trends report, providing the rankings for cities and states in terms of how they are working with cleantech, and a stock index for the various clean energy sectors ranging from solar to electric vehicles.

Pernick said when the company started, no one was looking at the various industry sectors. In the past 15 years, it has reached a stage where consumers are adopting and prices are dropping.

That’s wreaking havoc with utilities because it messes up their business model of relying on new customers and higher rates. As rates go higher, people will just adopt a cheaper technology. Growth requires more investment to cover, and pushes costs higher as well. See the sentence before on what happens when rates go higher.

In Arizona, there are some signs of that with the deregulation fights as well as the disagreements between Arizona Public Service Co. and solar aficionados over how much the utility should pay for rooftop-generated solar and what benefits it actually supplies to the utility.

Pernick said in the solar fight, he sees valid points on both, and that a “dialogue needs to happen” between the two to work it out.

At the same time, those issues are at the root of what many utilities across the country are facing today. It’s a situation where they are going to have to re-evaluate their business model and come up with a long-term plan for moving forward, Pernick said.

Patrick O’Grady is managing editor of the Phoenix Business Journal.    READ MORE

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