The electric distribution system in the United States is in a transitional state. While it is being modernized to support the country’s changing energy mix and the needs of 21st century electrification, the transition is far from complete. To maintain forward momentum, regulators are having to evaluate a new class of “next-generation technologies” proposed by utilities. These innovative technologies are not one-for-one replacements of aging infrastructure. Technological advancements and evolving societal and customer preferences are driving changes that are raising more complex and fundamental questions for regulators. 

Part of the Office of Electricity’s Voices of Experience program, A System in Transition: The Influence of Next Generation Technologies presents the findings and guidance from multiple conversations with regulators across the country regarding the representative technologies of advanced metering infrastructure, distribution controls, electric vehicles, and data access and governance. The report presents macrotrends and common challenges, while highlighting lessons learned and advice that participants might give to fellow regulators. The report also provides examples of rulings, orders, and resources that can assist public utility commissions as they develop strategies and policies and evaluate utility plans and investments. 

Download the report here: /oe/articles/system-transition-report.