Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook

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December 2018

The dynamics of today’s electric grid do not ensure that energy is efficiently distributed or that capital is efficiently allocated. Increasingly, portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs)—also known as non-wires solutions (NWS)—can address these current inefficiencies by solving grid needs more cost-effectively than business-as-usual approaches to traditional infrastructure investment. In addition to deferring or avoiding more expensive traditional investments and providing reliable electric service, NWS can deliver ratepayers cost savings and support the integration of smart, customer-centered technologies that promote a cleaner, more flexible, and more resilient grid.

To help scale the benefits of non-wires solutions, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is working with stakeholders in U.S. Climate Alliance states to develop actionable recommendations that utilities, regulators, and developers can use to overcome these challenges and increase NWS implementation. RMI has conducted interviews with more than 65 experts across the country, representing over 20 utilities, as well as developers, regulators, trade associations and industry players working to develop non-wires solutions. RMI created this Non-Wires Solutions Implementation Playbook to delineate innovative approaches to spur non-wires solution adoption and recommend planning and operational strategies to improve non-wires solution processes. Download the playbook below, and learn more about RMI’s work here.