Non-wires alternatives, or NWAs, are nontraditional measures that defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments. By engaging in load-modifying distributed generation and storage technologies, NWAs offer utilities a mechanism through which to leverage the growth of distributed energy resources.
This report provides an overview of the state of NWA projects and the key issues surrounding them. It examines regulatory incentives and how utilities can use NWAs to monetize the value of T&D deferral. It also highlights individual projects in New York, California, Vermont and Maine, examining both the technology and regulatory environment surrounding these projects.
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