2022 Trends in Power: 4 Ways Technology Will Reshape the Electric Utility Industry
- Jan 25, 2022 10:58 am GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2022-01 - Power Industry 2022 Trends & Predictions, click here for more
2021 was a difficult year for US electric utilities. In certain regions, storms and safety incidents proved to be a frequent and serious problem for the nation's distribution grid. While 2022 will undoubtedly hold power delivery challenges, it will also present opportunities to address them.
The grid will certainly be subjected to much greater pressures in the coming year. Extreme weather and natural disasters will continue to stress the grid, and the ever-growing adoption of electric vehicles and rooftop solar will pose new demand and bi-directional power flow challenges.
These developments will push the United States’ aging electric power infrastructure to its limits. In response, a significant number of projects have been launched to modernize the distribution grid and ensure a safe and high-quality service for US utilities. Based on the projects and plans I've witnessed with our utility customers and the industry as a whole, I anticipate four key trends will define the evolution of the US power grid in 2022.
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