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Are distribution businesses
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Targets and constraints from regulators
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Consumer behaviors and expectations are changing
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Grid-related technical risks are a struggle
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Are Distribution Businesses at Risk of Losing Their Power? Findings from the New Accenture Digitally Enabled Grid Research, Third Edition

Many utilities industry executives, surveyed by Accenture as part of its newly released Digitally Enabled Grid research, reported that the traditional electricity distribution model is no longer fit-for-purpose. Where do utilities go from here? Explore the findings.

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Are Distribution Businesses at Risk of Losing Their Power? Findings from the New Accenture Digitally Enabled Grid Research, Third Edition

  1. 1. Are distribution businesses at risk of losing their power?
  2. 2. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 2 Targets and constraints from regulators Competition from new players in the value chain Rising costs from increased complexity Distribution: A business under threat Change in customer behaviors and expectations Disruption in demand from new energy technologies Pressure to drive greater network reliability from aging infrastructure
  3. 3. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 3 Consumer behaviors and expectations are changing % of consumers who would consider investing in becoming power self-sufficient and not having to buy energy from their energy provider of consumers see reliable energy delivery as an important factor to build trust with their energy provider 91% of consumers are interested in energy management programs 69% 57% Source: Accenture’s New Energy Consumer research program.
  4. 4. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 4 Grid-related technical risks are a struggle % of utility executives that expect an increase in grid faults (2016): 56% 54% 38% 37% 36% 32% Distributed renewable generation (low-voltage connection) Large-/utility-scale renewables (medium- voltage connection) Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) Distributed combined heat and power (CHP) Microgrid operation Distribution-level storage 2014: 61% 2013: 41% 2014: 53% 2013: 33% 2014: 42% 2013: 37% 2014: 26% 2013: 19% 2014: 40% 2013: 41% 2014: 28% 2013: 14% Source: Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program.
  5. 5. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 5 Competition from all sides is expanding Products and services Utilities, digital energy retailers, non-energy providers, community projects Access to capital Value to shareholders License to operate
  6. 6. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 6 The biggest challenges distribution business are currently facing d North America • Controlling operating costs • Increasing end-consumer expectations • Aging assets • Aging workforce Europe • Reducing allowed regulatory returns • Integration of distributed generation • Maintaining the quality and reliability of the power supply • Aging workforce dChina • Increasing end-consumer expectations • New competitors entering the value chain • Decreasing demand • Maintaining the quality and reliability of the power supply • Aging assets • Access to skills Utilities executives believe these to be the biggest challenges currently faced by the distribution business (Top three challenges including ties) Source: Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program.
  7. 7. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 7 The traditional electricity distribution model is no longer fit- for-purpose 45% of utility executives report facing significant to major issues with a traditional transportation model for distribution to provide a sound foundation to meet their distribution’s technical and financial challenges Source: Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program.
  8. 8. What new role will distribution companies play? Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 8
  9. 9. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 9 Accenture believes that the most sustainable model will be the distribution platform optimizer Looking ahead in the next 10 years Platform access provider Provides neutral access to network to independent players expect their company’s role to evolve towards one that integrates distributed energy resources (DER) and facilitates the market for DER services—a distribution platform optimizer 66% Europe 73% Decoupled integrated utility Removes volume bias and disincentive to optimize Smart grid operator New technology in existing management paradigm Distribution platform optimizer Provides optimal outcome for overall system Utility executives looking ahead in the next 10 years
  10. 10. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 10 What’s next? Accelerate transition to being a digital utility Take action on talent and culture gaps Define roadmap of initiatives in “no-regrets” capabilities Invest in strategic assets – battery storage, electric vehicles and alternative fuels, grid automation/sensing/control Investigate corporate venturing, partnership and joint venture Define your plays in demand response and beyond the meter Pilot new solutions microgrids, distribution communities, virtual power plants
  11. 11. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 11 Follow Us Twitter: @Accenture_Util LinkedIn: Accenture Utilities Visit For more information on the Accenture utilities, visit http://www.accenture.com/utilities About Accenture Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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