Q&A with David Hostert, Head of Wind at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

— Planet OS Visionary Series

Annika Ljaš
Apr 11, 2017 · 4 min read
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In the second issue of Planet OS Visionary Series

Q. The decentralization of both power generation and energy consumption will require sophisticated, data-driven approach to the management and economics of storage, grids, transmission, and distribution. What are the key success factors for achieving this?

“Fundamentally, I think there will be a race for the right platform and possibly a separate race for the right applications. A decentralised energy system can be more resilient, but data security will be absolutely key.”

Q. Which key areas is Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) focusing on in the next 12–24 months?

Q. Financially speaking, what challenges are utilities who co-own and operate wind farms facing today and going forward?

Q. At Planet OS, we know that Big Data can help in making renewable energy more affordable. In which areas should utilities collaborate more and share data to solve mutual problems?

“The more data, the better really. I also think that we have not talked enough about spare part rotation and sharing. There are a few companies active in this space but it just seems like such no-brainer that I’m surprised it hasn’t taken off more.”

Q. As wind turbines are getting bigger and bigger, the medium and small turbines are becoming more commoditized. How are OEMs forced to change in the competition for price and commodity?

Q. There is a hypothesis that the cost of electrons is a race to the bottom, and ultimately energy will become almost free, creating space for a new economy around value-added services in energy. What is your view in this?

Q. What is your vision for the future of smarter energy?

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