Grid modernization initiatives (aka smart grid) have been ongoing for nearly over a decade in 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 to 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.
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
- Does each state have implemented grid modernization programs?
- Are there any policies or financial incentives to drive grid modernization programs and deployment of distributed energy resources?
- Are there any specified targets for energy efficiency, customer engagement programs and deployment of DERs?
- Nature of these initiatives and modernization programs? Rankings are given based on whether it is mandatory or voluntary.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Distributed Energy Grid Index
4. Analysis of the Top Ten States
5. Regional Analysis-North East
6. Regional Analysis-South
7. Regional Analysis-Mid West
8. Regional Analysis-Pacific
9. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kt7mxs/united_states?w=4