A Snapshot of the US Gigawatt-Scale ‘Non-Wires Alternatives’ Market

By [email protected] GTM Research defines a “non-wires alternative,” or NWA, as any “nontraditional measure aimed at deferring, mitigating or eliminating the need for traditional utility transmission and distribution (T&D) investments.” That can include anything from getting a lot of people to turn their air conditioners down a little bit when the grid is hitting its peak demand, to combining solar PV with batteries to ease loads on specific distribution transformers — as long as it comes with a way to monetize that value.

No markets today exist to allow NWAs to earn their money providing this kind of service. Still, in a

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