Services and Capabilities

Services and Capabilities

The Utility of the Future Center offers a broad range of services and capabilities in commercial, industrial, and residential sectors as well as counsel-driven solutions for utility policy.

The Center has a three pronged focus:

  1. To establish a utility working group that will provide critical assistance to utilities that are looking to develop mid and long-term strategies for addressing the coming transition to decentralized energy provisioning. Services include:
    1. interdisciplinary modeling for utilities that assess the likely timing of grid parity or the commercialization of storage and widely available energy efficiency leading to mass-decentralization and load loss for the utilities,
    2. regular workshops for utility staff and executives that bring them together with scholars at ASU and elsewhere to discuss emerging issues and to develop new business models and rate designs for utilities,
    3. monitoring of Public Utility Commission dockets across the country to determine new rate designs, mechanisms, and distributed generation policies that are being proposed by and for utilities and a rapid response outreach program that uses the monitoring system to inform other utilities of what is happening outside of their jurisdictions,
    4. and individual briefings and studies designed to assist utilities in working through specific issues.
  2. To serve as an advisory center for regulators who are grappling with how best to design regulatory paradigms that will facilitate both clean energy and orderly transition by vertically integrating monopolies into a more competitive marketplace.
  3. And to assist consumers and communities with the transition to an environment in which they increasingly provide, monitor, and control their own energy production and consumption.