Strategic Electrification and More Lessons from Conference Season

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on November 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NEEP, NECEC, NESEA, ACE, VTREV… what do all these abbreviations have in common? They are all the energy-related conferences that KSV sponsored or attended in October. It was Energy Awareness Month, and we celebrated it by making the rounds for conference season.

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Topics: customer centric, future of energy, energy marketing, research, innovation, marketing solutions, renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, utility of the future, millennials, energy revolution, Customer Insight

Forecasting the Future of EVs, Starting with Consumers

Posted by Tucker Wright on November 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM

To reach the carbon reduction goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, and in targets set by dozens of city and state governments, electrifying the transportation sector is key. But despite huge advancements in technology, electric vehicles (EVs) continue to make up only a small fraction of the U.S. automobile market. In fact, EVs were less than 1 percent of the total vehicle market share in the United States until 2017, when they finally hit the 1 percent milestone.

Growth is now accelerating, largely thanks to the success of Tesla’s Model 3. July was the first month on record that EV sales reached 2 percent of market share, doubling the 2017 annual result. But how can the EV market reach scale?

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Topics: customer centric, future of energy, energy marketing, research, innovation, marketing solutions, renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, millennials, energy revolution, Customer Insight, purchasing behavior, electric vehicles, customer motivations, customer experience

Are Customers Demanding an Energy Revolution?

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on October 25, 2018 at 12:51 PM

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Utility of the Future” is a buzzword that has been dominating our industry’s publications and conference circuits for the past few years. Many industry thought leaders have published their ideas, and many of these smart ideas include elements of strategic electrification, distributed resources, non-centralized generation, and non-wire alternatives.

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Topics: customer centric, future of energy, energy marketing, research, innovation, marketing solutions, renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, utility of the future, millennials, energy revolution, Customer Insight

October Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on October 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a special report on the state of climate change. The findings were less than pleasant, with the report underscoring that "we only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it."

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Topics: renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, infrastructure improvement, microgrid, grid infrastructure, round up, future of energy, utility communications, ACEEE, ipcc, climate change, electric vehicles, clean energy

Friday Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Are round-ups the best way to ease into a Friday?
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Topics: renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, infrastructure improvement, microgrid, grid infrastructure, round up, future of energy, utility communications, ACEEE

One Year Later: Reflecting on Maria, Anticipating Florence

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 13, 2018 at 11:07 AM

As the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath approaches, the United States is bracing itself for yet another dangerous hurricane season. As we write this, Hurricane Florence is making its way to the Carolina coast.

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Topics: customer centric, utilities, energy efficiency, future of energy, energy marketing, research, innovation, Utility Marketing, marketing solutions, customer motivations, renewable energy, natural disaster, hurricane, microgrid, infrastructure improvement

KSV Future of Energy Series: Offshore Wind is Picking Up Speed

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A decade ago, wind energy mostly meant giant investments, ugly legal battles and major public opposition. As recently as 3 years ago, we saw proposals in many states—good proposals by respected companies—being tossed out. Lack of public support combined with weak political legs dragged the highly visible CapeWind project through the dirt from its initial approvals in 2005, to 2017, when it was finally shut down and deemed defunct.

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Topics: customer centric, utilities, energy efficiency, future of energy, energy marketing, research, innovation, Utility Marketing, marketing solutions, customer motivations, wind energy, offshore wind, renewable energy

Uber, Lyft and How Holistic Thinking Can Transform an Industry

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on August 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The utility of the future is a hot topic for our clients in the energy space. What will it look like? Who will be steering the ship and who will be struggling to stay afloat? Transportation is a major part of that conversation, and no companies have upended the transportation industry more than Uber and Lyft. The American dream of automotive independence is being challenged in many cities where it is cheaper to use ride sharing than it is to own a car: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Topics: customer centric, utilities, energy efficiency, future of energy, energy marketing, Uber, Lyft, research, innovation, Utility Marketing, marketing solutions, customer motivations, customer experience

Make Realtors Your New Best Friend

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on August 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Curious about the intersection of real estate and energy efficiency? So were we. We wanted to know, how much is energy efficiency worth to buyers? And do people put it on the “must have” side of the list when looking at real estate options?

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Topics: customer centric, utilities, smart products, energy efficiency, home buying

How Millennials Are Changing Not Just Politics… But Your Business.

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

With the conventions halfway over, shall we talk politics?

(Just kidding, that sounds awful. We know you get enough of that on your Facebook newsfeed.)

But in seriousness, this year marks an election that is largely based on the voters of the Rising American Electorate – the new American majority of voting-eligible citizens. They will make up a majority of voters for the first time this year.

Who makes up this R.A.E?

  • Millennials
  • Unmarried women
  • Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans
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Topics: marketing, millennials, AESP, utility, utilities, Utility Marketing

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