This IDC Energy Insights report presents research findings from electric utility executive interviews that focused on the feasibility of, and preferences for, distribution optimization application adoption. IDC Energy Insights expects distribution optimization to be the next set of advanced distribution applications utilities will widely deploy that leverage automation capabilities in the field. Advanced distribution management applications not only help utilities adapt to the impact of distributed resources but also provide a means to create power delivery efficiencies and reliability in the near term.
In this report, we discuss:
- The drivers that support investment in distributed control technologies
- The applications that compose distribution optimization
- The views of leading utility executives on the feasibility and adoption of distribution optimization applications
"Distributed renewable generation, energy storage, and EVs increase network complexity, which will be adapted to, in part, through a redesign of the centralized command and control structure. Operators will need to shift from actively monitoring all distribution network activity to handling critical exceptions while relinquishing routine decision making to automated systems." — Marcus Torchia, research manager, Intelligent Grid Strategies
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