Lowering Energy Costs With Non-wires Solutions

9/26/2019

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More states are finding that non-wires solutions—approaches that use efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources to avoid costly infrastructure upgrades—can meet customers' energy needs at a lower cost than traditional capital-intensive solutions

While the cost and resiliency benefits of these approaches are increasing policymaker interest across the U.S., a lack of familiarity and utility disincentives created by traditional regulation present barriers to their implementation. 

In this webinar, national experts will discuss a range of non-wires case studies, including an early effort in New York, which allowed the Con Edison utility to defer a $1.2 billion substation upgrade through demand reduction and distributed resource investments. Presenters will also explore the role that state legislators can play in overcoming barriers to these cost-saving solutions.   

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Speakers (view presentations)

  • Lisa Schwartz, deputy leader and energy efficiency team leader in the electricity markets and policy group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she develops and leads research related to energy efficiency and other distributed resources.
  • Lori Lybolt, director on the utility of the future team at Consolidated Edison, a utility that delivers electricity, natural gas, and steam to customers in New York City and Westchester County, where she focuses on a long-term strategy for the Company's regulated electric utility.