Renewables Economic Risk to the Grid

Renewables Economic Risk to the Grid

This IDC Perspective looks at the economic impact of the adoption of onsite renewables on the overall grid. Renewable energy sources provide both a great opportunity and a risk to utilities. To avoid financial risk to operating and maintaining the grid, utilities, regulators, governments, and customers must work together toward a common goal.Kevin Prouty, group VP of IDC Energy Insights states, "Utilities are in a difficult position of appearing to push back against renewables when they are mostly trying to main the risk environment of the grid."

Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
A Brief Look at the Battlefield of Renewables
Where Are We in Onsite Renewables Adoption?
The Economic Impact on the Grid
Capital and Maintenance
Reduction in Generation Revenue for Vertically Integrated Utilities
Loss of Revenue from T&D Service Fees
Net Metering Regulations
Technology Considerations
Advice for the Technology Buyer
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