Non-Wires Alternatives Case Studies 2018

New Report Documents NWA Projects

November, 2018 — Report by E4TheFuture, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA).

Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects provides fresh insight on how Non-Wires Alternatives can use distributed energy resources—including energy efficiency, demand response, solar, storage and microgrids—as least-cost energy solutions. The report profiles 10 industry-leading NWA projects of different sizes and types across the U.S.

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“If you look for solutions beyond stringing power lines, you can find plenty of real-world examples of less expensive alternatives that meet consumers’ energy needs, enable clean energy, allow utilities more flexibility, and shrink energy infrastructure’s environmental footprint,” said Steve Cowell, president of E4TheFuture.

Key takeaways include:
● Existing NWAs have successfully delayed or deferred infrastructure investments, providing significant cost savings.
● Load growth forecasts don’t always get it right.
● Open and technology-agnostic approaches fostered project success.
● NWAs encourage new utility business models.

Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies From Leading U.S. Projects is available for free download. Steve Cowell of E4TheFuture, Sarah Arison of Bonneville Power Administration, Mark Sclafani of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Tiger Adolf of PLMA, and Brenda Chew of SEPA will discuss insights from the report on Nov. 13 at the PLMA Conference in Austin. SEPA, E4TheFuture and PLMA will co-host a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 6, 2018; register here.

See press release.

View the report.