Gary Dorris, PhD

Dr. Dorris has been a pioneer of innovative solutions for energy risk management and portfolio planning for over two decades. For the last thirteen years, Dr. Dorris has organically grown Ascend Analytics to be a leading provider of quantitative software solutions for energy portfolio management and data infrastructure. His analytic innovations have extended toward the development of over a dozen software applications used by more than fifty energy companies. Dr. Dorris holds a Ph.D. in applied economics and finance from Cornell University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering and BA in economics with Magna Cum Laude distinction also from Cornell University.

The Digitalization of Power

September 7, 2018

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The continued advances in in digital power supply systems will provide more compelling and often unavoidable economic merit over traditional generation.

For most of my life, music recordings had been played through mechanical devices that spun, from the phonograph to cassettes to CDs. Today, music is purely digital and the advances toward digitalization have radically changed how music is played and distributed. We no longer go to the record store to buy music and the number of artists with recordings that can be easily purchased has increased dramatically. Moreover, my CDs have become a stranded asset.

A similar transformation is underway with power supply, where generators that spin to produce electricity are being replaced by digital systems of solar plus batteries. The costs of digital power supply technology will continue to decline and displace conventional generation with technological advances. While future power systems will likely involve a significant portion of hydro and wind generation that still turn generators to produce electricity, the digital transformation of power supply has taken root. The continued advances in in digital power supply systems will provide more compelling and often unavoidable economic merit over traditional generation. This will continue to cause disruption to the power industry as inflexible thermal generation fall prey to technological advances of digital power systems and become stranded assets much like my CDs.

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