Parting Thoughts

“What’s happening in our industry? Three major forces: 1) Decentralization; 2) Electrification; 3) Digitization.” —Gil Quiniones, CEO of New York Power Authority, at DistribuTECH 2018

“We need to switch to a supply-following mindset rather than a load-following mindset.” —Michael Webber, co-director of Clean Energy Incubator and University of Texas professor, at DistribuTECH 2018

“We have to change our perspective. Nothing is staying the same.” —Paula Gold-Williams, CEO of CPS Energy, at DistribuTECH 2018

“Electric utilities often aren’t at the table. . . They are often playing a supporting but not a leadership role.”—Fred Ellermeier, Black & Veatch COO and moderator for DistribuTECH panel on IoT and Smart Cities, about B&V report showing utilities lacking in smart city initiatives Energy, at DistribuTECH 2018

“Hurricanes are like children. They all come from the same place but they are different.” —Frank Espinoza, communications director for AEP Texas, about responding to Harvey compared to other storms, at DistribuTECH 2018

“Power outages cost American households $150 billion annually with weather-related outages accounting for $25-$75 billion per year. . . A case for increasing grid reliability.”—@Tamara McCleary during DistribuTECH 2018

“Discussion of #energystorage as “Ëœdisruptive’ is a good time to reflect that Edison had batteries operating on grid 125 years ago. Tech is mature, bus. models are defined; today we see widespread adoption by leading utilities.”—praveenkathpal (VP of market applications at Fluence)

“We can band together and solve even tougher problems.” —@ItronInc, quoting Jim Ogle of @AvistaUtilities on what’s next for #smartcities and collaborations from a webcast at #DTECH2018

“Power plant operators are scheduled to bring 20 GW of new natural-gas fired generating capacity online in 2018, which, if realized, would be the largest increase in natural gas capacity since 2004.”—U.S. Energy Information Administration Short-Term Outlook

“The large majority of both small (73 percent) and large businesses (89 percent) say they presently or in the future plan to implement energy efficiency. However, small businesses don’t feel like utilities are catering to them.” —Ecova and Zpryme: Utility Business Customer Survey on Energy Management

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