Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) – addressed by reliance on distributed energy resources (DERs) including distributed solar, energy storage, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, and demand-side management – are of growing interest to both regulators and utilities. For good reason. Utilities can lower costly investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure while simultaneously advancing clean energy goals and policy initiatives.
Success will require engaging stakeholders while navigating a host of considerations, including market participation, ownership, optimal siting, consistent cost methodology and timeframe between options, and a positive benefit-cost ratio. Developing the business case alone can take substantial time and resources. That’s where we come in.
Our multidisciplinary team is ready with valuable NWA expertise and experience that helps you move from opportunity to operations to positive outcomes—fast.
If we had to assess NWA on all violated circuits using current tools, without West Monroe it would take 30 years to conduct the analyses
NWA solutions must consider both market and policy developments. We find it useful to wrap NWA opportunities with customer programs by finding mutual incentives – for example, the ability to avoid power procurement costs.
We evaluate NWA opportunities based on your market and operations and then develop a vision for new technologies, processes and operational changes necessary.
Our multidisciplinary team of utility, technology, and organizational change management specialists has experience designing distributed energy and similar solutions for many different utilities and markets. We’ve seen what works and where utilities need to focus – perspectives that we use to make sure you are designing for success.
Change requires support from many utility functions, so it is important to have the right stakeholders at the table from the beginning. We use proven collaboration techniques that engage stakeholders in defining the problem and solution for effective outcomes across all functions – not just implementing it.
Sound business cost analysis is a prerequisite for any NWA program. We put this at the core of our approach – making sure you have and demonstrate a clear methodology for calculating costs, benefits, and rate design. Key elements of our analysis include:
Employing a combination of utility operations and strategic sourcing expertise, we will guide you through all the key steps in procuring essential NWA services – from defining requirements for supporting critical needs to contracting with providers to negotiating an appropriate ownership structure.
Our team members have walked in your shoes. They understand what it takes to ready your utility for new systems and align resources and utility infrastructure for success. We can stand up a program management office (PMO) to guide the multiple projects involved, manage risks, and measure progress.
Finally, we know that success doesn’t end with implementation – so we make sure to equip your staff with the knowledge and skills to operate and enhance your program over time.