Moving Towards Consumable Energy: From Power Plants to Solar Panels

by Sharon Ha

In a Greentech Media article, Bennett Cohen predicts a revolutionary shift towards the consumerization of energy, in which the customer will purchase a variety of energy options as opposed to buying from a centralized power plant. Cohen, the chair and co-founder of clean energy financing organization Empower Generation, has also worked for Royal Dutch Shell, Rocky Mountain Institute, and CPower. He states four trends that support his claim: 1. the popularization of distributed energy, 2. the push from government and corporations for lower-carbon energy, 3. the internet of things, and 4. the leap-frogging of developing countries. Continue reading