Unleashing latent value in distribution utility businesses
No consulting firm has more experience minimizing the costs and maximizing the benefits of extraordinary distribution grid investment for customers than the Wired Group. Consumer, business, and environmental advocates know there is no better resource for smart meter, grid modernization, distribution planning, performance measurement, or distributed energy resource expertise.
While smart meters offer potential customer benefits in excess of costs, capital bias, the throughput incentive, and rate case timing conspire to make this highly unlikely. Only focused efforts pre-deployment and ongoing efforts post-deployment can ensure favorable customer outcomes from smart meters, and the Wired Group has a track record of helping our clients secure such outcomes.
The Wired Group is a secret weapon for advocates battling excessive utility investment and insufficient value creation. Staffed by former utility personnel who refuse to work for utilities, our clients secure the most objective and credible technical expertise available to US advocates today. Our experience solving grid reliability, resilience, distributed generation, safety, and efficiency issues as employees helps our clients effectively challenge low- and no-value utility investments.
The Wired Group believes a transparent, participative distribution planning process is the best way to ensure cost-effective grid investment and customer benefit. Our experience with risk-informed decision support, load & distributed energy resource (DER) forecasts, demand response, hosting capacity analysis, grid modeling, and grid operations helps our clients design valuable, efficient distribution planning processes they can cost-effectively administer and rely upon to create value from distribution investments.
The Wired Group has been aware of the tenuous link between extraordinary grid investment and customer value creation since completing our first smart grid deployment evaluation in 2010. We have focused on performance measurement ever since, releasing the first version of our Utility Evaluator performance benchmarking software in 2016. We focus on the use of peer group comparisons in selecting and prioritizing performance metrics, and in establishing meaningful performance targets. For more information visit www.utilityevaluator.com.
Distributed Energy Resources
As former utility employees, Wired Group associates have extensive experience accommodating local growth in distributed generation (DG). We’ve also operated grids and circuits with high levels of DG and helped design clean DG incentive programs. Our clients benefit from our experiences in these areas through utility-grade understanding of fair interconnection rules and review process designs, as well as the importance of technical interconnection standards, fair allocations of costs between DG owners and non-owners, and DG energy compensation rates and issues.