European Energy Industry Leads the Charge in Energy Cloud Investment

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North American utilities should be mindful of future competition

A new report from shows Energy Cloud investments made by global utilities now exceed those in the traditional utility value chain.

As utility investments shift from traditional large-scale generation toward distributed renewables, energy services, or software to manage distributed energy resources (DER) in the Energy Cloud, there is an increasing pressure on the industry to innovate. : According to a new report from , European utilities lead the charge in Energy Cloud investments in 2016 and 2017.

“Energy Cloud investments are exceeding in the traditional value chain, with much of the activity being driven by utilities headquartered in Europe,” says Stuart Ravens, principal research analyst with Navigant. “With increased investments related to new technologies and DER, the pressure to innovate is a strategic imperative for utilities to succeed in the future.”

According to the report, to prepare for Navigant’s vision of the Energy Cloud , utilities, stakeholders, and vendors must innovate technologically. In addition, North American utilities should plan to compete with Europe and others and steer away from known obstacles in the innovation process.

This Navigant Research report, , examines utility investment activity, with a focus on preparing for a competitive future. The study compares the number of Energy Cloud and traditional investments made by utilities and examines why Energy Cloud investments now exceed those in the traditional utility value chain. It also provides detailed recommendations on how the utility industry can create an environment in which innovation can thrive. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Stefanie Bradtner

+49.221.270.70.142

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Implementing Innovation Strategies for Utilities, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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