A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.
Editor’s Take: In solar-heavy states, utiliites are grappling with how they might be able to use distributed energy resources (DERs) to help stabilize their grids. But the first step toward a modern grid is the installation of advanced meters in a utilitie’s territory. This great article from Advanced Energy Economy shows how close states are to having 100 percent of their ratepayers on advanced meters. You’ll might be surprised to see the wide range of adoption of this key first step. — JMR