Today’s legacy networks depend almost entirely on central station generation and sufficient transmission and distribution infrastructure to deliver electricity to customers. However, many networks are evolving towards a much more distributed mix, particularly as distributed energy technologies improve and costs decline. That resource mix may or may not be owned and operated by traditional utility operators. Furthermore, determining when and how to manage distributed energy resources (DERs) remains a key question that requires analysis and planning. For these reasons, preparing for a more distributed network is an active pursuit of leading utilities world-wide.
Development of an effective strategy starts with understanding the nature of the opportunity and the challenge from both utility and consumer perspectives. Here, a comprehensive view gives an ideal vantage point. A systems view allows you to explore:
- how to cost effectively invest in DER across multiple programs and technologies
- how to generate viable business models that facilitate utility involvement for the benefit of customers
- how to optimize DER investments for maximum system benefit
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