Between February and April 2017 EuPD Research analyzed all 1.300 German utility companies in Germany as part of the project „Utility Companies and the Energy Transition“. The research is focused on the product and service portfolio of the companies, as well as the information they provide concerning the energy transition.
Utility companies are a central link between green technology providers and users – for private households as much as for businesses. Photovoltaics – a central pillar of the energy transition – have experienced a strong growth ever since the renewable energy law was passed in Germany. However, since the peak times of 2010 and 2012, installation numbers for new photovoltaic systems have been declining.
In a recent study the German market research and consulting company EuPD Research has analyzed energy transition related activities of all nearly 1.300 German utility companies regarding electricity, heating, energy efficiency and mobility. The results show that by now every fifth utility already offers PV systems to their customers. Storage systems, too, are already well established as a complementary technology. 70% of the companies, who offer PV systems, also offer storage.
“Even though the change is coming slowly, utilities by now have realized that they have to cater to the new demands of end customers regarding products and services around the energy transition“ states Dr. Martin Ammon, head of energy economics at EuPD Research.
Beyond the original supply of technology components, utility companies provide a sometimes broad variety of information and services. “These days utility companies often offer service features such as profitability calculators for PV systems with and without storage, or the identification of customer roofs via the solar cadastre,“ Ammon says. Moreover, the study results show that utilities offer various services around PV systems such as financing, insurance or maintenance.
Based on this complete survey the best utility companies will be awarded with the “Energy Transition Award“ at Intersolar Europe on June 1st, 2017. Intersolar Europe, DCTI Deutsches CleanTech Institut and EuPD Research are the project initiators. For further information see: www.energiewendeaward.de