DER-Grid Edge, DISTRIBUTECH, Policy & Regulation, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid

Are US utilities ready to embrace the DSO model for energy delivery?

DISTRIBUTECH International takes place every year and brings together experts in the energy delivery space, namely utilities and the vendors that partner with them.  Each year, conference sessions and knowledge hubs explore new themes and trends that are emerging in the utility industry and 2021 will be no different.

Next-gen Utility Business Track Chair Forrest Small explains that over the past years he has seen a move toward the distribution system operator (DSO) model of energy delivery and, while COVID-19 might slow down some of that progress, he’s confident that the trajectory toward the DSO model will remain in place. He also expects to hear more about how to create a true marketplace for DERs so that utility customers who install DER equipment can monetize some of those investments.  

Play the video interview below to hear more from Forrest Small. And if you have expertise on this topic, consider submitting an abstract showing your vision for the next-gen utility business.




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About Forrest Small

Forrest Small is a licensed professional engineer with twenty-nine years of combined experience in management consulting, transmission and distribution planning, and operations at an electric utility. He is a thought leader and highly-experienced senior member of the Future of Energy team at Concentric Energy Advisors, focused on Grid Modernization and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration.  By leveraging his engineering and utility operations background, Forrest offers clients a cohesive Future of Energy strategy that combines technology, finance, and regulatory services.