Scenario Planning for Technological Change

The future operating environment for electric cooperatives will be shaped by an array of complex factors centering around technological change. Scenario planning provides perspective for thinking about how these factors may affect the future operating environment. Applying scenario planning with a collaborative technology planning approach provides greater insights, common understanding and useful advantages to evaluate and prioritize technology future needs.

Moreover, as DERs and other technologies are installed on the grid, the performance of the grid is a function of increasingly uncontrollable parameters, with the utility or grid operator performing an increasingly grid optimization function. This poses a challenge in terms of deciding on capital investments, technology investments and to plan short-term and long-term for grid operations. We will hear from three expert speakers on how to develop a cross-functional collaborative approach to technology planning that results with commitment throughout the cooperative


  • Russell Tucker – Chief Economist – NRECA