In the media | 16 Feb 2024

Smart Energy International: Siemens unveils utilities’ struggle with limited behind-the-meter DER visibility

Utility companies in North America are hurrying to keep up with historic changes taking place in the way electricity is generated, consumed, and monetized. However, 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.

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