Friday, January 26, 2018

Grid cost parity is coming sooner than you think. How will #utilities react? #Renewables #batteries

Great report from @EY 

Utilities are on a countdown to reinvention

The energy industry has long known that radical transformation is coming. Revenues have been under pressure from the rise in renewables; in 2016, clean energy accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world.[1]

The maturing of renewable energy technologies, the proliferation of distributed energy resources, the falling cost of battery storage, and changing, more empowered consumer behavior are shifting how we produce, use, value and trade electricity.

Together these forces have put the energy sector on a path to three critical tipping points:

These dates will vary across global regions, because the trends driving change in the energy sector are different for different markets. But what is certain across all is that change is coming sooner than most of us previously expected. 
Grid cost parity is 2021 
  1. Tipping point 1 – when off-grid energy reaches cost and performance parity with grid-delivered energy – will arrive as early as 2021 in Oceania.
  2. Tipping point 2 – when electric vehicles (EVs) reach price and performance parity with combustion engine vehicles – will follow from 2025 across the globe. 
  3. And tipping point 3 – when the cost of transporting electricity exceeds the cost of generating and storing it locally – will hit the US Northeast region first in 2039.
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