Non-Wires Solution Playbook (update)

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September 2018

New distributed energy resources (DERs) and energy management software solutions provide a cost-effective alternative to defer or obviate the need for expensive traditional infrastructure investments. Known as non-wires solutions (NWS), portfolios of DER technologies can provide ratepayers with significant cost savings while achieving emissions reductions.

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 60 experts across the country, representing over 20 utilities, as well as developers, regulators, trade associations and industry players working to develop non-wires solutions. In fall 2018, RMI will release a report summarizing these findings, including a ‘playbook’ for scaling successful NWS projects and resources that provide practical guidance for the utility procurement process.