The Future of Electric Utilities- Part 2

Decades ago, as noted in Part 1 of this white paper, there was a lot of work involved in keeping an electric utility running – making sure there was enough coal or nuclear power for generation, and building and maintaining transmission and distribution lines. These days, the number of new issues that keep electric utilities busy has become mind-boggling.

In this two-part paper, we look at the “future of electric utilities” – what new trends and technologies are currently in place and how their evolution will impact utilities in the coming few years.

While there are dozens of issues that must be studied and managed, this white paper is looking at ten in specific, and the paper is divided into two parts.

In Part 1, we looked at at generation-related topics: coal, solar, solar & storage, microgrids, and virtual power plants.

Here, in Part 2, we will look at non-generation-related topics: transmission build-out, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, grid hardening and resilience, the smart grid, and customer-owned generation.

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