51st State Ideas I Defining the Future Role and Core Functions of the Monopoly Utility (Accenture)
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51st State Ideas I Defining the Future Role and Core Functions of the Monopoly Utility (Accenture)

  • Transformation of the electric natural monopoly role
  • Evaluation criteria for key functions - monpoly or not?
  • Evaluating future utility functions

Accenture explains why the Distribution Platform Optimizer (DPO) business model is the best to benefit everyone on the  energy value chain

In their submission, Accenture builds out their vision for a distribution platform optimizer (DPO). Here, the utility’s role would evolve to include optimization of all assets, resiliency, security, customer choice, and societal outcomes. The utility would be responsible for all planning around DERs as well as their real-time scheduling and dispatch. However, DER procurement itself would be competitive and the regulated utility would be positioned to facilitate the market for behind-the-meter solutions, leaving the door open for potentially providing solutions through their competitive businesses. This vision would change the way the utility drives earnings, moving away from rate-of-return to meeting strategic outcomes.

Authors: Jim Mazurek, Justin Davidson, and Tyler Lancaster; Accenture

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51st State Ideas I Defining the Future Role and Core Functions of the Monopoly Utility

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