In collaboration with Siemens | 31 Jan 2024

Seeing behind the meter: How electric utilities are adapting to the surge in distributed energy resources

Thought Leadership Team

Oxford Economics

Utility companies in North America are hurrying to keep up with historic changes taking place in the way electricity is generated, consumed, and monetized. But most companies lack the ability to measure and manage an energy economy impacted by the rapid adoption of electric vehicles, solar panels, and batteries, known as distributed energy resources, or DERs.

To better understand how electric utilities in the US and Canada are managing the rapid adoption of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources, Oxford Economics and Siemens surveyed 100 decision-makers from the industry during the fourth quarter of 2023. To complement the survey findings, two in-depth interviews were conducted with Yoh Kawanami, Director of Customer Energy Resources at Hawaiian Electric, and Michael McMaster, Solution Architect for NextGen Grid Management at Siemens.

The experts behind the research

Our Thought Leadership team produces original, evidence-based research made accessible to decision-makers and opinion leaders. Principals for this project included:

Sundus Alfi

Senior Research Manager, Thought Leadership

Edward Cone

Editorial Director and Technology Practice Lead, Thought Leadership

Zack Friedman

Managing Editor, Thought Leadership

Margaux McLoughlin

Senior Associate, Thought Leadership

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