2019 Insights for the Intelligent Utility
- Jan 21, 2019 12:58 am GMT
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Over the next five years, distribution utilities are going to increasingly evolve into distribution system operators. The trend will be driven in part by the deployment of 5G which will contribute to the proliferation of connected devices. These 5G-connected devices will reside both in front of the meter, such as distributed back-up generation and batteries, as well as behind the meter, such as smart home devices, commercial ice makers, and more batteries in the form of electric vehicles. All of these devices will increase a distribution utility’s ability to store and release energy on their grids at precise locations and with fine time resolution. The result will be that distribution utilities with the right set of technical and organizational capabilities will be able to better control their procurement costs and to transact multiple energy market products in parallel, thereby operating their grids with a higher economic efficiency. They will also be able to deliver enhanced customer service and to offer service choices beyond than the commodity sale.
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