Where do we go from here?


We live in different times. Waves of disruption and innovation are the new normal for power utilities. When the times change, you need to change with them. The ‘safe’ choice is not so safe. Choosing the solution that has worked in the past, that everyone else has chosen, is a good way to go out of business.

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 5-2019. Read the full digimag here or subscribe to receive a print copy here.

The approach for today’s utilities must be: How can we approach this in an innovative way? How can we do this better? Utilities must become innovative organisations and lifestyle providers to thrive in this unique environment; they must become digital utilities. They must become a Platformed Digital Utility.

Transforming to a Platformed Digital Utility

What does a Digital Utility look like? Utilities are successfully running pilot projects using emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. Simply adding these new technologies to your existing utility business model is not enough to build a Digital Utility. Utilities must integrate digital applications into their DNA and change both their mindset and operating model to foster innovation.

Building blocks for your Digital DNA

Building Digital DNA is critical to a utility’s success. Introducing an innovative business model where the utility can become a platform provider is essential to this process. IT infrastructure must become agile, responsive, flexible, secure, scalable and simple to manage. This infrastructure enables utilities to become digital entities; allowing utilities to become a platform for innovation, integrating electric vehicle charging, local energy production and renewables. Changing the mindsets and thought processes of the people working in utilities is a key part of building Digital DNA. Only when this happens can new operating models be introduced and innovative technologies be used to their full potential. Changing mindsets is the hardest part of building Digital DNA.

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