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New Report Discusses the Value of Grid Modernization for Customers and Utilities

03/12/2019 10:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA GRID MOD R1-2018 Reviewing the Business Case and Cost Recovery for Grid Modernization Investments. This new report:

  1. Reviews the experience with grid modernization investments to date
  2. Summarizes how grid modernization has benefitted customers and utilities
  3. Documents cost recovery mechanisms and business cases related to these investments

"Grid modernization efforts are taking place in many states across the country, each with its own priorities, such as improved resilience," said Brian Marchionini, NEMA staff lead for the Grid Modernization Strategic Initiative. "Most utilities are willing to undertake grid modernization projects provided they achieve timely cost recovery. An increasing number of regulators are willing to consider alternative regulatory models to enable these projects and broader utility innovation."

During the past decade, several utilities and commissions across the U.S. have made investments in new grid technologies, tools, and techniques to modernize the electric grid. This document provides opportunities for utilities and their regulators who are contemplating similar investments in learning from the experience of the early adopters.

NEMA GRID MOD R1-2018 is available for $100 in hard copy and electronic download on the NEMA website.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 370,000 American jobs in more than 6,100 facilities covering every state. These industries produce $124 billion in shipments and $42 billion in exports of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year.

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