Navigant Predicts a $1.3 Trillion Market Opportunity Across the Energy Cloud Ecosystem by 2030

A more agile strategic planning approach is needed to help utilities navigate disruption and position for long-term success, white paper finds

Today, Navigant released Navigating the Energy Transformation, the latest installment in the company’s Energy Cloud analysis. The paper examines the energy industry’s landscape and provides stakeholders with a blueprint—the Energy Cloud Playbook—to proactively prepare for and navigate disruption and position for long-term success.

Changing customer needs, evolving policy and regulation, and accelerating innovation around distributed energy resources (DER) are driving historic transformation across the energy industry, contributing to an emerging grid known as the Energy Cloud that is cleaner, more distributed, and intelligent. Navigating the Energy Transformation details the developments and technologies that comprise the Energy Cloud while evaluating shifting revenue across the value chain, as well as the implications for incumbent players and new market entrants.

“Energy industry players must be more flexible and responsive to shifting priorities than ever before, and it is imperative for utilities to engage in a more agile strategic planning process,” says Jan Vrins, Navigant Energy segment leader. “While not all pathways to navigate this transformation will be appropriate for all players across all markets, those that acknowledge the complexity of the challenge ahead will have an advantage.”

Key findings include:

Ongoing digitization efforts are laying the foundation for dynamic platforms that recombine technologies and services, moving beyond organizational siloes. From iDER, to smart cities, to building-to-grid, these platforms provide abundant opportunities for growth. With limited capital, however, and, in many cases, facing divergent investment choices, utilities and other stakeholders must choose a strategic pathway to navigate a new course and sustain long-term growth, according to the white paper. Navigant’s Energy Cloud Playbook outlines five steps industry participants should follow to prepare their organizations to face disruption and capture value in the Energy Cloud.

“By blending traditional assets, services, and interactions, and unlocking many new technologies, business models, and relationships, the emerging Energy Cloud will redefine market structures and traditional stakeholder relationships,” says Mackinnon Lawrence, senior research director at Navigant Research. “This rapidly unfolding landscape will require new strategies and approaches to both current and emerging industry realities.”

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