Grid Edge and the Changing Utility Business Model

Utilities and Start-Ups: Can External Innovation Enable the Utility of the Future? 

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Digital technology and networks are breathing life into utilities’ aging distribution systems just as distributed energy resources (DER) and renewable energy are challenging traditional business models and centralized generation. With the decentralization of generation, the edge is coming into focus and driving questions as to how utilities will manage two-way power flow and variable DER while maintaining the reliability, efficiency, and security of their operations. Distribution modernization is inevitable and making the grid edge autonomous and interactive is paramount for satisfying tomorrow’s energy demands. This presentation focuses on addressing the key interdependent issues and how innovation can Enable the Utility of the Future: 

Distribution Modernization/Automation: Discuss key drivers of the investments utilities are making in distribution system modernization to automate and reliably control two-way power flow

Private Networks: Digital devices approach the edge and are densified across the grid by more than 1,500 percent, utilities need an advanced network that goes beyond supporting Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) devices that traditional field area networks (FANs) support. Take a deep dive into the benefits of a private network that enable utilities to ensure grid reliability, efficiency, and security.

Presented by:

David Hulinsky, Program Director at Black & Veatch

 

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