Distributed Energy is An Opportunity for Utilities, Not a Threat
Distributed energy resources are expanding across roofs. Citizens are turning to solar arrays and related systems for their long term benefits, some seek to merely reduce costs while others seek to further environmental goals. The addition of a myriad of small energy producers to the wider distribution network is, however, causing some strife for network operators and confusion among regulators, as the systems needed to integrate their citizens' contributions as well as adoption growth require further development and implementation. The technology is currently being treated by many operators as a threat rather than an opportunity.
In a new report from West Monroe Partners, titled ‘Keeping the Lights On
’, the consultancy explores the relationship between the expanding trend of distributed energy resource providers, utilities executives and regulators. The survey for the report involves 2,000 customers, 109 utility executives and managers in major markets across the country, and interviews with dozens of regulatory commission chairpersons, commissioners and senior staff.
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