The grid of tomorrow is no longer comprised of individual parts. It is a resilient, responsive, seamless system that supports all aspects of a utility’s operations.
Our Utility Consulting team brings a breadth of skills in utility strategy and planning, financial analysis, regulatory issues, as well as technology roadmaps and evaluations in the Smart Utility space. These include: Grid Modernization, Distributed Energy Resource Integration, Microgrid Planning; Grid Resiliency; and Distribution Reliability.
Aging Infrastructure: The electrical distribution system in the U.S. is aging and requires strategic reinvestment to meet increasing customer demands 48% of electric utilities cite an aging infrastructure as their top challenge.
Skilled Workforce on the Decline: U.S. utilities have experienced staff reductions in the last 20 years; Talent gap due to an increasing retirement-eligible workforce.
New Technology and Distributed Energy Resources (DER): 67% of utilities state they should take a direct role in supplying distributed generation to customers as it would open up a new avenue of utility revenue; Utility staff may not have the necessary experience.
Financial Impact on an Evolving Industry: Investment in infrastructure will be driven by a flat load growth and the resulting effect on rates; 65% of electric utilities recognize the need to develop a new business model to combat declining demand growth.
Sustainable Growth and Environmental Impact: Effects of impending carbon legislation; Increases in renewable generation result in business and operational integration complexities.
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