The “Death Spiral” for the Utility Industry: A Myth or Reality?

  • Kaveh Rajab Khalilpour
  • Anthony Vassallo
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


The recent rapid decline in PV prices has brought grid parity, or near grid parity for PV in many countries. This has prompted public and academic interest in “grid defection”, “leaving the grid” or “living off-grid.” Grid defection has been described as a “death spiral” for transmission and distribution companies. Here, we review the arguments about the reality of the death spiral.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaveh Rajab Khalilpour
    • 1
  • Anthony Vassallo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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