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Non-Wire Alternatives
Examining the Viability of Alternatives to Traditional Infrastructure Upgrades
December 10-11, 2018 | Golden, CO

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For utilities and other power system providers, when considering grid replacements and upgrades it is increasingly important in their capital and infrastructure financial and operational analyses to evaluate “non-wire alternatives” (NWA).   These NWA are electricity grid investments and operating practices that employ non-traditional measures to defer, mitigate, or potentially eliminate the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments.  The main goal of a NWA project is to use a total lower resource cost solution to reduce transmission congestion or distribution system constraints, largely for times of maximum demand in specific grid areas.  Thus, NWA projects defer or replace the need for specific equipment upgrades — such as T&D lines or transformers — by reducing load at a substation or circuit level.  They include a range of different resources, technologies and operational processes, including but not limited to:

  • Energy efficiency and other demand management techniques
  • Distributed generation (gas-fired, solar PV, storage)
  • Grid software and controls
  • Microgrids
  • Volt/VAR optimization
  • Conservation voltage reduction (CVR)
  • Advanced inverters

These non-wire alternatives (NWA) are expected to grow from $63 million in 2017 to $580 million in 2026 (Navigant Research). Though NWA offer the promise of potentially saving electric utilities and system operators significant amounts on grid investments, there is a higher perceived risk surrounding NWAs. These risks have much to do with the prevailing rate mechanisms that regulate more traditional utility capital expenses for grid maintenance. 

This symposium will evaluate the viability of NWA projects as an emerging utility and power system resource option, analyzing how the industry can apply NWA measures to optimize existing assets and infrastructure.  It will provide a thorough primer on NWA definitions, functions, technology and resource types, evaluating case studies of existing NWA projects, as well as what economic and regulatory incentives are necessary to make them viable through least-cost planning and action.


Learning Outcomes

  • Assess NWA measures and scenarios currently considered feasible
  • Review how the IEEE 1547-2018 and recent revisions to the IEEE 1547 family of Standards and related codes is enabling more NWA options
  • Identify distribution and transmission infrastructure that are NWA candidates
  • Discuss policy and regulatory considerations needed to incentive non-wire alternative projects
  • Review how new technologies and market paradigms are impacting traditional resource planning least-cost, least-risk outcomes
  • Evaluate key procurement and contracting considerations for NWA projects



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations and case studies will be used in program.


Monday, December 10, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Non-Wire Alternatives: Overview and Definitions

  • Traditional solutions to aging transmission and distribution assets
  • Industry drivers for non-wire alternative (NWA) solutions
  • Goals of non-wire alternative projects
  • Barriers and hindrance of widespread adoption
  • Non-wire alternative resources and technologies overview
  • Incremental and decremental energy measures
  • Non-wire applications on the distribution grid
  • Non-wire applications on the transmission grid

Mark Dyson, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Eric Maurer, Product Manager, Xcel Energy

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Current Landscape and Market Outlook for Non-Wire Alternative Projects

  • Current landscape of non-wire alternative (NWA) activity
    • Megawatt capacity of non-wire alternative (NWA) projects in the pipeline
    • Megawatt capacity of NWA projects that have been implemented
    • Deployment by type of NWA project
  • Global and national forecasts for non-wire alternative investment
    • Projected demand for non-traditional T&D solutions
    • Predictions for overall NWA investment for T&D applications
    • projected growth of specific resource/types of NWA projects
  • States leading in NWA implementation
  • Notable NWA projects and their prospective influence in the industry
    • Largest NWA project – Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) project

Erik Gilbert, Director – Energy Practice, Navigant

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: California ISO (CAISO): Non-Wire Project Activity and Implementation in T&D

  • Evolving operational needs on the California grid
  • Transmission planning process for NWA projects
  • Distribution planning and implementation of NWA projects
    • Storage
    • Demand response
  • Market interactions and features related to NWA projects
    • Market expansion and enhancements
    • California’s recent 100% renewable goal

James Price, Senior Advisor – Market Analysis & Development, Renewable Integration, CAISO

12:00  – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: Utility Implementation of Behind the Meter Non-Wire Alternative Projects

This session will discuss Con Edison’ process and implementation of behind the meter non-wire projects – from energy efficiency, distributed power generation –  and how these resources are being used to defer traditional infrastructure upgrades. It will discuss one of the most famous NWA projects, the Brooklyn Queens Demand Management Program (BQDM), and how the project is addressing a need for load deductions due to forecasted significant growth in North East Queens and Brooklyn.  The session will identify the now standardized process for identifying these types of projects across the utilities in New York State, and procurement/contracting methodology utilized by Con Edison, to adopt a diverse set of technologies.   

Damei Jack, Manager – Non-wire Solutions, Con Edison 

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. :: Identifying and Valuing Distributed Energy Resources in lieu of Grid Investments

This session will focus on distributed energy resources (DERs) that can function as non-wire alternative solutions, discussing what the power industry needs to know to leverage DERs on the grid and behind-the-meter.  It will address:

  • Rate of advancement and application new technologies on the grid
  • Overview of distributed energy resource (DER) technologies
    • Solar PV
    • battery storage
    • Solar + storage
    • Electric vehicles (EVs)
    • Microgrids
  • Impact of IEEE 1547-2018 to enable certain NWA scenarios
    • Advanced inverters
    • 2018 standards
    • related codes
  • Advantageous components of DERs in a NWA portfolio
  • Cost analysis for DER resource development and implementation
  • Key operational concepts, capabilities, and structural principals to manage and control DERs while maintaining grid reliability and efficiency

Mike Coddington, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

David South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. :: A Review of Non-Wire Projects and Their Implementation Processes

This session will examine a variety of non-wire alternative projects that have been actualized – energy efficiency, CHP, gas/fuel switching, solar + storage – and discuss the planning and implementation process involved for each.  The presentation will discuss the decision-making process between wired and non-wired solutions that allowed the projects to move forward, and the challenges associated with each resource/technology type.

Erik Gilbert, Director – Energy Practice, Navigant

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address: The Regulatory Challenge and Opportunity for Non-Wire Alternatives

Prevailing policies typically do not incentivize utilities to innovate or consider alternatives outside of the traditional, costly T&D investment upgrades to maintain the grid.  However, many states are evolving their regulatory processes to incentivize utility implementation of non-wire alternative projects.  This session will examine this concept, addressing:

  • Challenges and opportunities for enabling NWA growth with regulatory mechanisms and integrated planning practices
  • How NWA solutions can be an attractive option by dramatically reducing price tags for ratepayers
  • Vehicles by which states are embracing change
  • NWA in recent policy proceedings
  • Colorado’s future landscape for NWA potential

Interview with Hon Wendy Moser, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utility Commission (COPUC)

Moderator: Paul DeCotis, Director – Energy and Utility Practice, West Monroe Partners

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. :: Contracting, Procurement, & Business Models for Non-Wire Projects

  • Key procurement and contracting considerations for non-wire alternative projects
    • Designing a solicitation
    • Engaging a collaborative procurement process
    • Contract design, format and language
  • Market-based solutions that would incentive non-wire alternative development and deployment
  • Utility strategies and business models – how might they evolve as NWAs increasingly proliferate the grid?
    • The role of policy, economics and incentives
    • Rate design and compensation mechanisms
    • Innovation to leverage new technologies for new business opportunities
    • Customer engagement platforms

Jason Prince, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Karlynn Cory, Group Manager – Project Development & Finance, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Invited


NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)

(Limited to 25 participants, Add-on-the Tour during your registration)!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

1:00 p.m. :: Depart to NREL’s Facility from Conference Venue Hotel

1:15 p.m. :: Security Check-in at NREL

1:30 p.m. :: Tour of NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)

3:30 p.m. :: Tour Adjourns, Depart back to Conference Venue Hotel

*Important: All conference attendees planning to participate in the NREL tours must register for the program no later than end of business on November 7, 2018. Attendees who register later than this time WILL NOT be eligible to participate in the NREL tour portion of the conference. All visitors who wish to participate in an NREL onsite tour must agree to the following guidelines/ regulations:

  • Each guest must have a valid government issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license). If you are a U.S. citizen, this is all the identification required to gain access to NREL Facilities. There is no exception to this rule. If you are a non-U.S. citizen (Canadian, permanent resident alien or resident aliens are included in this category), you will need to contact the NREL Visitors Program fifteen business days in advance to complete a foreign national data card. If you have already completed a foreign national data card, please refer to your confirmation e-mail for the necessary identification you will need to bring with you the day of your visit (typically your visa and passport).
  • All tour registrants must be the minimum age of 18 years old in order to join the tour. No children under the age of 18 are allowed. Pets are not allowed on the grounds. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. Sandals, flip flips, open toe shoes or sling back shoes are not allowed in NREL laboratories. Shorts are not allowed in NREL laboratories, remember to wear long pants. Water bottles or other liquids are not allowed in NREL laboratories.
  • Follow the instructions of your NREL host and security personnel at all times – especially in case of sounding alarms or other emergencies. Any vehicle brought onto the NREL site is subject to search at all times. The following items are prohibited on all NREL sites: Firearms or explosives, dangerous weapons or materials. The onsite speed limit is 25 miles per hour (mph), except where otherwise posted.
  • Using portable electronic devices of any kind—including mobile phones, Blackberrys, and iPods/mp3 players—while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle is prohibited while on NREL’s South Table Mountain campus and National Wind Technology Center.


Michael Coddington, Principal Engineer – Integrated Devices and Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Karlynn Cory, Group Manager – Project Development & Finance, Integrated Applications Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Invited

Paul DeCotis, Director – Energy and Utility Practice, West Monroe Partners

Mark Dyson, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Erik Gilbert, Director – Energy Practice, Navigant

Damei Jack, Manager – Non-wire Solutions, Con Edison (invited)

Jason Prince, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Hon Wendy Moser, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utility Commission (COPUC)

David South, Senior Principal – Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Energy Partners


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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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