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Utility CIOs Must Plan for Solar's Disruptive Business and Operational Impacts

Published: 05 September 2013

ID: G00252773

Analyst(s): Randy Rhodes

Summary

Solar photovoltaic resources are growing fast. Utility CIOs in affected regions can use this research to assess the full impacts and to plan enhancements across the power delivery OT application portfolio.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Global growth in solar power production presents utility executives with regulatory complexity, creating uncertainty for IT and OT strategies
    • Assigning Valuation to Solar Resources Can Be Tricky
    • Solar PV Will Disrupt the Utilities Business Model
  • Rapid growth of solar PV resources introduces new operational scenarios, requiring grid operators to adapt existing operations software
    • Software Must Shift to More-Continuous Analysis and Use New Forecasting Methods
    • Residential Solar PV Will Require Better Forecasting and More-Detailed Models
  • Distribution-connected solar resources will require engineering staff to deliver more-sophisticated protection and control applications
    • Solar Growth Will Require Advanced Voltage Regulation and Voltage Support

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