Market Research Report
U.S. Grid Modernization Initiatives, 2017
|Published by||Frost & Sullivan||Product code||648612|
|Published||Content info||81 Pages
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|U.S. Grid Modernization Initiatives, 2017|
|Published: May 22, 2018||Content info: 81 Pages||
A Comprehensive Ranking of U.S. States Based on the Readiness of their Grid Network to Accommodate Distributed Energy Resources
Grid modernization initiatives (aka smart grid) have been undergoing for nearly over a decade in the North America, driven in part by the concern for an aging infrastructure, the ability to manage peak power load, as well as address growing interest for energy conservation and carbon neutralization.
This study analyzes and ranks all 50 states and the steps that have been made till date in terms of implementing improvements to distribution grid, accommodating distributed energy resources (DER), adopting demand side management programs, as well as existing status of grid reliability. The criteria were chosen based on their impact on the smart grid deployment in each state. Furthermore, this study takes a look at the relationship between the regulations and the smart grid programs deployed.
The methodology deployed to rank states on their distributed energy grid index was based on criteria including the impact of regulation and the progress in each and every states' grid infrastructure.
Quantitative factor includes installed capacity of DERs, smart meters and other smart grid assets.
Qualitative factor includes regulations, mandates, reliability and resiliency factors such as power interruption, the closure of centralized power plants across the country.
Since smart meter is identified to be the first phase of any smart grid deployment, grids section is given higher weightage following that deployment of DERs and resiliency & reliability. This is attributed to the fact that growing DERs and power outages drive utilities and other stake holders to focus on grid modernization. The final score is the summation of values each of the states scored under regulation and data segment.
Factors considered for ranking the states include: