Some time ago smart grid utility experts began to speculate that as automobile transportation morphed to electric vehicles, the vehicles batteries could be used as an energy storage medium to improve the inefficient peaks and valleys of energy production and usage on the grid itself. Part of what is now known as “distributed energy generation,” Elon Musk and Tesla appear to be on the verge of making this a reality. I have also previously written about the major implications this may have on the electric utility industry. Read on.

As if to underscore my previous posts on the extraordinary rapidity of disruptive change for the utility industry, This is turning out to be potentially more significant than the smart mobile phone revolution. Issues here include the utility industry’s failure to recognize a strategic change caused by disruptive technological change, and to respond to it, and the rapid acceleration in Adizes’ corporate life cycle model. Citibank is now predicting severe consequences for utility companies if they do not grasp the massive changes confronting them.