Navigant: U.S. market for non-wires alternatives expected to have 20% CAGR from 2019-2028

Monday December 9, 2019 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Navigant Research, non-wires alternatives, Jesse Mehrhoff

BOULDER -- Revenue from non-wires alternatives (NWAs) in the U.S. is expected to experience a 20 percent compound annual growth rate, reaching $333 million by 2028, according to a new report from Navigant Research.NavigantNEWlogoUSE 

The report provides an overview of notable NWA projects in the U.S. and explores market trends through 2028.

The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) technologies is providing grid operators with new mechanisms to address capacity constraints and replace strained grid infrastructure. These NWAs use DER to provide grid relief sufficient to defer more traditional upgrades like new poles or wires. 

“Several states are moving toward mandated NWA exploration, and legislative and regulatory drivers to NWA will likely spark state-level pockets of NWA activity,” said Jesse Mehrhoff, Navigant research analyst.

“The development of more, cheaper DER technologies will also help to grow the NWA market.”

Navigant Research finds most utilities undertaking NWA in the U.S. are investor-owned, but the report also tracks efforts by municipal utilities and electric cooperatives. Projects included cover non-traditional approaches to address capacity constraints or aging infrastructure on both the transmission and distribution sides of the grid.

Technologies incorporated are made up of demand response, energy efficiency, distributed generation, energy storage, and software and controls.

Most known projects in the U.S. in 2019 exist in the planning or request-for-proposal stages, though projects in several states have been successfully implemented.

Navigant Research is tracking the NWA projects to identify trends as the North American market grows.

The report, Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker, aims to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of projects in the US. Information provided for projects tracked includes project name, utility, size, cost, included technologies, status, and more details where available.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant website.