A Journey Across The 51st State: Highlights and Insights from SEPA’s Initiative on the Future of the Electric Power Sector
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A Journey Across The 51st State: Highlights and Insights from SEPA’s Initiative on the Future of the Electric Power Sector

  • Capstone paper for SEPA’s 51st State Initiative
  • Key takeaways from all three phases of the initiative
  • Frameworks to guide thinking on potential futures for utilities and the electric power sector

A high-level review of key learnings from SEPA’s 51st State Initiative

Dive into the three phases of the 51st State Initiative that initiated the creation of novel ideas for a better energy future. As a capstone to the 51st State Initiative, this paper captures the evolution of thinking through the initiative’s phases.

The three phases:

  •  Phase I focused on generating visions for the future of the energy system, including how utilities could operate in various scenarios.
  • Phase II aimed to create meaningful dialogue about the fundamental ways in which current structures need to transform to meet different visions of the future.
  • Phase III asked participants to focus with even greater clarity on the role of the regulated monopoly utility.

What’s in the report

  • Overview of industry trends
  • History of the 51st State Initiative
  • Key issues for those in the sector to consider in charting a course to the future
  • Doctrines, questions, and frameworks to guide thinking, discussions, and decisions
  • Links to all white papers, roadmaps, and other documents produced through the initiative

About the 51st State Initiative

The U.S. electric power sector is in the midst of a transition driven by growing deployments of distributed energy resources (DERs). In response, given its deep relationships with both electric power utilities and the renewables industry, SEPA launched the 51st State Initiative in 2014. The goal of the initiative was to try to move beyond the adversarial nature of existing debates and instead foster a community committed to collaboratively and constructively discussing the ways in which the power sector might evolve for long-term optimal deployment of DERs. The 51st State Initiative concluded at the end of 2018.

A Journey Across The 51st State: Highlights and Insights from SEPA's Initiative on the Future of the Electric Power Sector

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