Navigant Research Study Reveals Global Spending on Non-Wires Alternatives is Expected to Reach $580 Million in 2026

Technology offers a new approach to traditional utility infrastructure upgrades, report finds

BOULDER, Colo.--()--A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for non-wires alternatives (NWAs), with a focus on market drivers, barriers, business models, and forecasts for non-traditional transmission and distribution (T&D) solutions.

When aging equipment or increased load demand calls for upgrades to T&D infrastructure, most system operators embark on traditional poles and wires projects. However, emerging NWA technologies now offer utilities a creative way to address infrastructure needs at a lower cost and with greater customer and environmental benefits. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global NWA spending is expected to grow from $63 million in 2017 to $580 million in 2026.

“Traditionally, the solution to equipment replacement would simply mean poles and wires projects that could earn a regulated rate of return,” says Brett Feldman, principal research analyst at Navigant Research. “However, grid management and distributed energy resources (DER) technologies have improved, utilities are looking to engage customers more and provide more value-added services, and policy concerns related to cost and the environment have grown, encouraging adoption of NWAs.”

So far, NWA adoption has been focused in North America, as European and other system operators tend to approach grid management more holistically by addressing needs at a system level. Going forward, though, NWAs are expected to proliferate in all regions due to varying market conditions and an increase in utility willingness to try new means of infrastructure replacement.

The report, Non-Wires Alternatives, examines the global NWA market, with a focus on market drivers and barriers, business models, and forecasts for non-traditional T&D solutions. The study provides an analysis of the trends related to NWAs to highlight varying regional activities and programs. Global market forecasts for spending, broken out by segment and region, extend through 2026. The report also analyzes the key procurement business models related to NWAs and provides case studies of recent NWA projects in the United States. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Non-Wires Alternatives, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.


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A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for non-wires alternatives (NWAs).


Navigant Research
Lindsay Funicello-Paul, +1-781-270-8456