The power grid of the future

BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP | For many traditional grid companies, things look like they’re about to get a lot harder. Power network operators are coming under mounting pressure from multiple disruptive forces, including distributed generation, increasing customer demands, and a growing volume of data from smart meters.

Were large numbers of consumers to disconnect from the grid and generate electricity locally, many companies would struggle to recover their investments. Widespread grid defection would take time and may not happen in many markets, but grid companies still need to prepare for an evolving energy landscape that will create many challenges—and also some potential opportunities. For example, changing regulation may enable companies to respond by offering new services such as electric-vehicle charging and peer-to-peer trading platforms.

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