Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) and Future Grid Innovations

Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) and Future Grid Innovations

April 30 - May 1, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“A great overview of NWA implementation and expectations for future deployment.” Attorney Advisor, DC Public Service Commission

EUCI’s annual Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) Conference serves as a forum for the energy industry to explore the dynamic landscape of NWA projects and their increasing prominence as replacements for traditional—and often expensive—transmission and distribution upgrades.

The program is designed to assess various Non-Wires Alternatives (NWAs) projects and technologies. It will explore their market and regulatory drivers, challenges, overall resource value, and strategies for grid deployment.

Join us for this virtual conference that spotlights the potential of non-wires alternatives, focusing on their capacity to reduce costs and emissions, and learn best practices for NWA implementation and revenue generation strategies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Get equipped with knowledge of visionary non-wires alternatives (NWA) strategies, trends, benefits, challenges, and implementation best practices for resilient energy distribution systems
  • Explore cost-effective and reliable solutions that challenge traditional wire-based systems
  • Discover how NWA technologies provide sustainable and efficient alternatives
  • Discuss insights into evaluating and sourcing various distributed energy resources, considering factors such as cost, reliability, and scalability
  • Review integrating behind-the-meter solar and storage solutions within virtual power plants to enhance energy resilience and efficiency
  • Attain the latest information on leveraging microgrid technologies to alleviate grid congestion, manage peak demands, and optimize energy storage solutions effectively
  • Analyze a ConEd case study and delve into the legal and contractual complexities associated with implementing non-wires alternatives in energy distribution projects
  • Evaluate Central Hudson’s Equity in Distributed Energy Sources (DER) program
  • Elucidate DTE and Energy Sciences’ three-year geo-targeted pilot program’s intricacies, to achieve cost-effective peak load reductions and defer significant capital investments in the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector
  • Explore innovative NWA strategies specifically tailored to address challenges and optimize solutions for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Identify strategies for further beneficial electrification


Tuesday, April 30, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Conference Timing


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Innovative Strategies for Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) in Energy Distribution

In this session, we will discuss visionary strategies and trends for resilient energy distribution.

MD Sakib, Director, Future of Electric, National Grid

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Non-Wires Alternatives: Cost-Effective and Reliable Solutions – State of the Industry Update

This session will examine real-world, cost-effective, and reliable solutions that challenge traditional wire-based systems, showcasing both successful implementations and instances of failure. Uncover the challenges and opportunities inherent in Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) technologies, positioning them as sustainable and efficient alternatives to conventional approaches.

Shreyas Vangala, Senior Consultant, Energy & Utilities, West Monroe Partners

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Case Study: Distribution Investment Deferral Framework Program

PG&E will present on the Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) program. This program aims to leverage Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to defer traditional wires investments and features two procurement mechanisms.

The presentation provides a brief overview of the program and how it came to be as well as share lessons learned on how distribution projects are identified and prioritized for DIDF. Additionally, it will highlight the successes and challenges of the different procurement mechanisms and the sourcing process. 

Megan Ching, Senior Program Manager, Electric Planning Policy & Modernization, Pacific Gas and Electric Company 

Lili Huang Zhong, Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Case Study: ISBM (Innovative Storage Business Model) – Virtual Powerplant Partnership with Sunrun

The ISBM Project is a REV Demonstration Project managed by O&R and Sunrun. The ISBM Project aims to illustrate an innovative solar plus storage system Virtual Power Plant (“VPP”) business model to optimize and deliver clean energy, provide dispatchable grid services and reduce costs for customers. The ISBM Project tests the hypothesis that a collection of behind-the-meter (“BTM”) solar plus storage systems can be aggregated to provide value to the host customer, electric distribution system, and bulk system services.  Moreover, it explores whether this value can be allocated across participating customers, non-participating customers, utilities, and developers, producing cost efficiencies and increased engagement by all parties involved.

  • Demonstration or Proof-of-Concept Project
  • Residential Storage plus Solar Systems
  • Goal of 300 systems with 2MW/4MWh Capacity (will likely be larger with Tesla Powerwall units having become available – larger capacity battery)
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. subsidizes the cost of the battery, O&R gets dispatch rights for 10 years, customer signs a lease with an agreed upon kw/h price with Sunrun
  • File quarterly reports with our regulator – as of Feb 8th, 2024 there are 185 systems online with 20 in a Disadvantaged Community
  • Have run tests on units and gotten home meter output
  • Performed outreach to local groups and attended local events to educate the public
  • Lessons Learned on market penetration, reasons for home disqualification, retrofitting existing systems, and permitting with local authorities
  • Avoids high-cost system upgrades

Christian Woods, Project Manager, O&R Project Management – Distributed Resource Integration

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Case Study by Avangrid: Stillwater Project: Lessons Learned 

New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) recently energized its first Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) project in New York. Owned and operated by a third-party developer, the 1 MW battery energy storage system will provide increased energy reliability to customers in Stillwater, New York. The project was selected as a cost-effective alternative to the traditional solution following a competitive solicitation issued in 2017, which resulted in more than 13 proposals received. NWA projects support New York State’s energy and climate goals established by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

This session will cover the implementation process, with insights into challenges and lessons learned, showcasing the adaptability and forward-thinking nature of NYSEG and Avangrid in delivering optimal solutions for the benefit of Avangrid and its customers.

Liz Murphy, Manager, Non-Wires Alternatives, Avangrid

Joe Yablonsky, Lead Engineer, Project Development, Avangrid

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. :: Case Study: Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management

Con Edison, an investor-owned utility with over a decade of experience pursuing Non-Wires Alternatives to defer or eliminate traditional infrastructure projects, will present a case history for its flagship Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management (BQDM) portfolio. This session will focus on the stages of portfolio implementation from 2014 to the present, highlighting the evolution of the program and discussing how specific challenges were met. Con Edison will be sharing some key learnings from our experience in BQDM and how those experiences have shaped other NWA portfolios. We will also emphasize the role of third-party customer-sited solutions and competitive procurement in our overall approach.

Jason Brown, Section Manager, Non-Wires Solution, Con Edison Company of New York

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Case Study: Central Hudson’s Custom Savings Program: Equity in Distributed Energy Resources

Historically, Central Hudson has been limited to those with directly controllable end-uses, such as central A/C. This excluded a large subset of participants that rely upon window units for A/C or simply do not have these devices in their homes. To make the program more equitable across customers we’ve expanded it to include Custom Savings, or a $/kW incentivized program that relies upon manual Demand Response rather than just Direct Load Control.

During this session, Central Hudson will present their data showcasing a customer’s typical event day load. This information aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of load patterns, and non-wires alternatives application across diverse customer profiles.

Marwa Chowdhury, Demand Response, Non-Wire Alternatives and Non-Pipe Alternatives Program Manager, Central Hudson

4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns for the Day

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Conference Timing


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Energy Efficiency Load Reduction- DTE’s Non-Wires Pilot for Commercial and Industrial Spaces

DTE and Energy Sciences have collaboratively tailored a three-year geo-targeted pilot with enticing bonus incentives for customers within our non-wires area, which utilizes the existing Commercial and Industrial (C&I) energy efficiency programs. In this session, DTE and ESciences will explain the intricacies of ongoing field testing entering the third (and final) year.

In this session, they will discuss how they have refined their approach using insights from various methods they have tested to realize the previous year’s coincident peak load reduction targets. These initiatives aim to achieve cost-effective targets and are crafted intentionally with the overarching goal of deferring substantial capital investments.

Kevin Stewart, Principal Marketing Specialist, Residential and C&I, Energy Efficiency Pilots, DTE Energy

Michelle Peters, PMP, Program Manager, Energy Sciences

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: NWA for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging

PSE&G is investing in the development of smart charging infrastructure to drive electric vehicle adoption among a wide range of customers. Through their Electric Vehicle Charging Program, they’re supporting the large-scale deployment of residential, mixed-use and public Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) electric vehicle charges. This session will discuss the existing programs PSE&E has to offer, challenges and future outlook on using NWA for charging.

Ahmed Mousa, Utility of the Future, PSEG

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Panel: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve When it Comes to Beneficial Electrification

Discover innovative strategies for enhancing the efficiency of electricity transmission and distribution, ultimately minimizing the demand for additional infrastructure.


  • Jason Brown, Manager, Non-Wires Solutions, ConEd

  • Megan Ching, Senior Program Manager, Electric Planning Policy & Modernization, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, (PG&E)

  • Marwa Chowdhury, Demand Response, Non-Wire Alternatives and Non-Pipe Alternatives Program Manager, Central Hudson

  • Ralph DeVitto, Section Manager, Utility of the Future, DER Integration, Orange and Rockland (O&R)

  • Ahmed Mousa, Utility of the Future, Public Service Enterprise Group, (PSEG)

  • Liz Murphy, Manager, Non-Wires Alternatives, Avangrid

  • Michelle Peters, PMP, Program Manager, Energy Sciences

  • MD Sakib, Director, Future of Electric, National Grid

  • Kevin Stewart, Principal Marketing Specialist, Residential and C&I, Energy Efficiency Pilots, DTE Energy

  • Shreyas Vangala, Senior Consultant, Energy & Utilities, Monroe Partners

  • Christian Woods, Project Manager, O&R Project Management – Distributed Resource Integration

  • Joe Yablonsky, Lead Engineer, Project Development, Avangrid

  • Lili Huang Zhong, Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company  (PG&E)

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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

Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) and Future Grid Innovations

April 30 - May 1, 2024 | Online ,
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 29, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800



EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login 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.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Electric Utilities
  • Energy Industry Professionals
  • DER Integration Specialists
  • DER Supervisors
  • Technology and Solutions Providers
  • Electric Vehicle Industry Representatives
  • Renewable Projects Developers
  • Distribution Planning Engineers
  • Interconnection Engineers
  • Microgrid Developers
  • Storage Developers
  • Renewable Energy Managers
  • Integrated Resource Planners
  • T&D System Planners
  • Professional Engineers
  • Environmental Scientists and Researchers
  • Energy Consultants
  • Public Service Commission Advisors
  • Electric Power Product Developers
  • Environmental and Sustainability Professionals
  • Regulatory and Compliance Experts
  • Investors and Financiers
  • Smart Grid Professionals

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