Changing traditional cost of service model
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Are DERs a threat to or an opportunity for utilities?
What's driving DERs on your system?
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Utilities are beginning to accommodate renewable energies, but many wonder if it is enough to keep up with consumer demand and prepare for new regulations.
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Limited state and commission resources
What are the top challenges DERs present to regulators?
Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners
Since 2015, the DERs opportunity has increased—but that comes with heightened challenges
Perspectives on which DERs are having the most impact on utility operations differ between regulators and utility executives, resulting in mismatch between utility operations and how regulations may be implemented.
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Utility executives report solar has the biggest impact on their operations
while regulators report a wider range of DERs having an impact.
“Integrating DERs, while maintaining safe, reliable, and affordable energy for all customers is a huge undertaking. Meanwhile, third-party players on the periphery are coming up with solutions that customers are asking for—if utilities don’t quicken their pace, opportunities will be lost.”
What regulatory changes are you making to promote the addition of DERs?
Uncertain cost and benefit implications
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We surveyed utility executives, customers, and regulators. Here’s what they had to say.