As the energy sector in the US decentralizes, decarbonizes, democratizes, demonopolizes and digitizes, city/utility collaboration will pay huge dividends. But there is not yet strong, explicit policy support for it in most states. State legislatures and agencies have close relationships with state regulated utilities and local jurisdictions. So, state policy may be the key. States have the necessary relationships and authorities to set expectations and conditions for city/utility collaboration.
IRESN's project to inform state policy on the topic is progressing and on track to provide initial recommendations in early 2019. To read more, click here.