Utilities have likened planning for the future to trying to fix a plane while it’s in the air—we get it. Grid reliability and safety are the top two priorities, so many utilities struggle with how to make progress without sacrificing them. To that end, in 2018, we’re officially launching our Technology Roadmapping Assistance offering as a part of membership in the E Source Technology Assessment Service.

Our team can act as an impartial third party to help you see the opportunities in your research and development (R&D) plan for reaching your ideal future state. If you already have a roadmap, our subject-matter experts will review it, then meet with you to help you make a plan going forward. If you don’t have a roadmap and think it would be helpful to your team, we can help you create one. If you need a review of measures in your portfolio to look for new opportunities and the measures that are ready to transition from pilot to program, we can do that too. Not really sure what technology roadmapping is? Bryan Jungers, one of our team members, gave an explanation at our 2017 Forum (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Roadmapping, explained

At our 2017 Forum, Bryan Jungers spoke to the importance of strategic technology planning and roadmapping efforts, and how the E Source Technology Assessment Service can help.

We can help you with any technology roadmapping your organization needs. Some examples include:

  • Brainstorm, review, or create measure lists for new products and emerging technologies
  • Plan, review, and assess R&D projects
  • Review existing R&D or emerging technology roadmaps and portfolios
  • Review portfolio plans to determine which measures are pilot-ready and which might be missing
  • Analyze your current state, design the future state, and plan pathways, including gap analysis, for achieving the desired future state

We have already helped a number of our members (Figure 2) with their strategic technology efforts ranging from effective ways to move emerging technologies into programs, R&D plan gap analysis, and review of portfolio measures and new-measure potential. Our past experience helping our members with roadmaps, coupled with our national perspective, will help to ensure that you’re following best practices and achieving your specific goals most effectively.

Figure 2: E Source members we’ve helped

The E Source Technology Assessment Service team has already been a valuable partner to a number of our members, including the 10 shown here, in their strategic technology work.
Logos for Austin Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, the Center for Energy and Environment, Con Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Diego Gas & Electric, SMUD, Southern California Edison, Tennessee Valley Authority, and WPPI Energy.

In its presentation Technology Roadmaps and the Collaborative Approach to Save Energy (PDF), the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) listed E Source as a key partner in the development of its roadmap. BPA’s roadmaps are very comprehensive (don’t be alarmed—yours doesn’t have to be!), and some examples of ones that we helped create include:

So how does it work? If you’re already a member of the E Source Technology Assessment Service, just reach out to us using the form below and let us know that you’d like our help. We’ll follow up to scope out the work, then we’ll work collaboratively with you and your staff to achieve your goals. We’ll spend up to 40 hours providing you with roadmapping assistance, and if you need more than that, we’ll be happy to discuss a consulting arrangement.

If you’re not yet a member of the E Source Technology Assessment Service, it’s easy to become one—learn more about what we have to offer—and you can connect with our sales group through this form too!

We look forward to helping you!

Contributing Authors

Practice Director, Technology Assessment

Andrea Salazar began her career in the energy industry as a project manager for a photovoltaic installation company. When she first joined E ...

Lead Analyst, Technology Assessment

Bryan Jungers conducts research on emerging, energy-efficient, and distributed energy resource technologies. His main areas of expertise lie in...