Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration.

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Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) – Incorporating NWAs into Your Grid Modernization Program

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What’s in the brief?

There is a major paradigm shift occurring in the electric power industry around system planning driven largely by grid modernization and the proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs). This paper outlines best practices for utilities and regulators for enabling a stakeholder-informed system planning process necessary to accommodate non-wires alternatives (NWAs) using DERs. SEPA’s experts have laid out an NWA planning approach that will establish a market for customers and third parties to work alongside the utility to integrate DERs onto the grid without sacrificing system safety, affordability and reliability. Download the report to learn more about this approach.

SEPA Grid Modernization Framework

The SEPA grid modernization framework is an industry wide view of technology, policy, customer, and business model concepts that regulators and utilities should consider as part of grid modernization planning.  Constructed as a four part series, each brief explores SEPA’s lessons learned and recommended approaches around key topics impacting grid modernization. The four part series includes:

Part 1: “Non-Wires Alternatives – Incorporating NWAs into Your Grid Modernization Program

Part 2: “Customer Impact – Keeping Customers at the Center of Grid Modernization

Part 3: “Microgrids – The Role of Microgrids in the Regulatory Compact

Part 4: “Pilot Projects – How to Establish a Successful Grid Modernization Pilot Project Program

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Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration.

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Bob Meinetz's picture
Bob Meinetz on Oct 3, 2019 4:36 pm GMT

Sharon, it seems so-called "non-wires alternatives" (NWAs) simply shift the burden of providing reliable, on-need electricity to the customer, at a cost in convenience. What am I missing here?

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Oct 3, 2019 7:51 pm GMT

his paper outlines best practices for utilities and regulators for enabling a stakeholder-informed system planning process necessary to accommodate non-wires alternatives (NWAs) using DERs. SEPA’s experts have laid out an NWA planning approach that will establish a market for customers and third parties to work alongside the utility to integrate DERs onto the grid without sacrificing system safety, affordability and reliability.

Such an important resource-- the rapidly distributing/decentralizing grid has more cooks in the kitchen than ever before, which is exciting but also requires deliberate planning and standards. Appreciate organizations like SEPA that take the lead in this regard

Steve Wickman's picture
Steve Wickman on Oct 14, 2019 5:28 pm GMT

NWAs, Microgrids, DERs...has prompted me to wonder...what's going on in regard to these technologies in California?  With PG&Es latest efforts to protect their transmission system from being involved in the recent wildfires by de-energizing their T-lines and thus interrupting large blocks of customers...I would imagine that these needs to disconnect the transmission system would be huge incentive to rapidly accelerate the development of microgrids etc in the population centers that are being darkened by the loss of transmission.  Granted I'm living in the midwest and all I'm seeing is what we get on the network news sources about blackouts.  Is PG&E and/or others striving to get some alternative energy sources in place to allow the loss of transmission lines from totally blacking out all these customers?

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