AAE 773 Discussion Guide: Changing Utility Landscape/ Distributed Generation Due: Monday, November 9th by 10pm (submit via email) Assigned Readings: Kind, P. (2013). Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business. Prepared for Edison Electric Institute. Graffy, E., & Kihm, S. (2014). Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities? Energy Law Journal, 35(1). Jacobson, B. (2014, July 11). UPDATE: Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of Eagle Point Solar. Telegraph Herald. Lacey, S. (2015, September 30). Utilities Taking a More Proactive Approach to Community Solar. Greentech Media. Pyper, J. (2015, October 9). How Georgia Power’s Solar Service Could Foster a New Utility Business Model. Greentech Media. Borenstein, S. (2014, November 3). What’s so Great about Fixed Charges? Energy Institute at Haas blog. Discussion Questions: 1. Does it make sense for utilities to maintain their monopoly status in the 21st century? Why or why not? 2. Why are renewable energy technologies gaining in popularity and installations now, instead of 10 years earlier/later? 3. What do you think the electricity generation system will look like in 15 years? Pick a country or region you are familiar with or interested in. What major hurdles must be overcome to achieve this scenario? 4. List several benefits and challenges to the monthly customer service charge and other “immediate actions” proposed by Kind (p. 18). 5. In their discussion of value creation, Graffy & Kihm mention examples of iTunes/music industry, Kodak/film industry, US Postal Service/digital communications, and AT&T/telephone industry. Brainstorm some ideas for electric utility value creation for their customers (residential or commercial/industrial). 6. Both Kind and Graffy/Kihm similarly characterize the changes in the energy industry and threats to utilities, but their recommendations to utilities differ greatly. Which article do you agree with? Why? 7. Borenstein lists three reasons to re-think fixed charges. Are they reasonable? Why or why not? 8. Do you have any questions about the readings or the topic? What concepts are unclear? What concepts would you like to discuss further? 9. List one question for the seminar speaker.