Paul DeCotis, senior director in West Monroe Partners’ Energy and Utilities follow, was a visitor on The POWER Podcast. West Monroe, in partnership with Greentech Media, performed a survey of greater than 1,700 utility clients, 140 utility executives and managers, and greater than two dozen regulators in main markets throughout North America. Its findings have been launched in a report titled Planning for a Distributed Energy Future.
Interestingly, 92% of survey respondents mentioned that they had distributed vitality sources (DERs) on their system, up from 80% when the survey was performed three years in the past. However, DeCotis famous through the podcast that DERs will not be but universally economical all through the U.S.
“Not all states and regulatory jurisdictions deal with DERs the identical. It’ll be a number of years earlier than we see very vital DER penetrations uniformly throughout the nation,” DeCotis mentioned. “DERs nonetheless want substantial backup era as a result of utilities have the duty to serve load and be the supplier of final resort, so the trade will develop cautiously in some components of the nation till rules grow to be extra sure and incentives grow to be extra mature,” he added.
The report notes that distributed vitality useful resource administration system (DERMS) know-how is on many utilities’ radar, however greater than half of respondents mentioned that they had no concrete plans to spend money on it.
“As the system will get extra distributed, [utilities] do want a strategy to have visibility and to handle that system in order that they are often the supplier of final resort,” DeCotis mentioned. Therefore, DERMS know-how will proceed to grow to be increasingly more vital as DERs are added to the grid.
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—Aaron Larson is POWER’s government editor (@AaronL_Power, @POWERmagazine)
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