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Future of Utilities - Utilities of the Future by Fereidoon P. Sioshansi

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Chapter 20

The Repurposed Distribution Utility: Roadmaps to Getting There

Philip Q. Hanser
Kai E. Van Horn    The Brattle Group, Cambridge, MA, United States of America

Abstract

This chapter discusses the decisions utilities face as they consider a transformation into the Repurposed Distribution Utility (RDU). While the RDU and its various incarnations have been widely heralded as the distribution utility’s future, there has been scant discussion about how the distribution utility in its current state can begin to make the transformation. The authors explore the challenges utility planners face when integrating distributed energy resources and the planning and operational changes required to make the RDU transition. Furthermore, they present recent ...

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