With rapid integration of renewables and distributed technologies onto the grid, utilities are increasingly upgrading their existing systems to address the challenges of maintaining power quality, balancing supply and demand in real time, and ensuring adequate distribution infrastructure capacity.
New technologies exist today which can address these challenges, allowing for decision making and load balancing at the grid edge. With the evolution of distributed intelligence and adequate processing power, the opportunity to solve key challenges exists with demand-side resources. These advancements will accelerate the growth and deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs) and demand response enablement.
The proliferation of DER’s on the grid offers utilities a transformational opportunity to adopt clean, sustainable, decentralised, and carbon-reducing energy, where consumers can be generators and become vital partners in the future of the electric utility. To gain a better understanding of what utilities think about a holistic distributed energy management strategy, the role grid-edge computing and devices play, as well as what challenges they face and benefits they expect, Itron and Zpryme conducted a survey to electric utilities across North America.
- 94% of utilities consider the conjunction of demand response and renewable generation a priority in the next 1 to 3 years
- 68% of utilities expect DERs to significantly impact their operations within the next 5 years
- AMI meters, line sensors, and smart thermostats are the most critical devices for utilities managing DERs
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