A Generative Dialogue for the emergent Puerto Rico energy ecosystem that ditches 20th century regulations
- September 25, 2017
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Ten years and a half ago at the Third Annual Carnegie Mellon Conference on the Electricity Industry, I presented A Generative Dialogue to Reach the End-State of the Power Industry (PDF) centered on the Dominican Republic which had a great opportunity for such a dialogue. Puerto Rico has right now a much better opportunity.
In addition to what emerged as the Electricity Without Price Controls Architecture Framework (EWPC-AF), we have now a Cato Institute's alternative framework to consider in the post The Need for Electricity Retail Market Reforms, of September 25, 2017, on the Knowledge Problem website by Michael Giberson, which is introduced as follows:
Lynne Kiesling and I have an article in the Fall 2017 Regulation magazine asserting “the need for electricity retail market reforms” (PDF). Our general theme is, as the subtitle puts it, “An innovative 21st century retail electric power market is within reach, but won’t emerge until we ditch 20th century regulations.”
This is a follow up to the post Dissolving a protectionist threat to the solar industry starting in Puerto Rico, which refers to the Medium story Clean energy has already enough value to help emerge a #NearZeroCarbon society
It is not Solar Power getting cheaper. It is enabling huge value not just with solar power but by developing a whole energy ecosystem based on the demand side economies of scale paradigm.
Developing a clean energy ecosystem in Puerto Rico is a larger scope than just retail marker reform. It involves, for example, new built environment designs and regulations, that will reduce the short and long term term local and global risks of hurricanes, like Maria, that devastated Puerto Rico last week. In that line I reiterate my proposal which are now the EWPC-AF transformation and a retail market reform:
As the key consultant on systems architecting in the role of facilitator of the generative dialogue, the second preliminary activity (the first being contracted) of the group would be to select another facilitator from three that I will suggest.