Accelerating Innovation through REV Connect

In an article for Public Utilities Fortnightly, Navigant explores four key learnings from New York State's REV Connect program

New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) set goals to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system for its citizens. These include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and ensuring 50% of New York’s electricity will come from renewable sources in 2030.
 
In an article for Public Utilities Fortnightly, Dan Bradley, managing director at Navigant, and H. Christine Richards, managing consultant at Navigant, said that throughout the REV planning process, New York identified several barriers to the innovation and collaboration needed to make REV a reality; as a result, New York State launched REV Connect, a centrally managed online portal combined with a team of experts to oversee its content curation and idea submissions. Navigant is a facilitation partner of the effort, which addresses barriers by bringing companies and electric utilities together to accelerate innovation, develop new business models, and deliver value to New Yorkers.
 
“There’s a balance to be struck so that innovation isn’t so structured that it stifles innovation," said Michelle Bebrin, associate director at Navigant. "At REV Connect, we structured a process that utilities and the market could orient their resources around, while staying focused on identified utility business needs."
 
Since the August 2017 launch of the REV Connect platform, stakeholders have defined four key learnings they have gained from their experience: ensuring the process of innovation is innovation; demonstrating business models, not just technologies; redefining old relationship patterns; and creating a safe space to innovate.

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