Almost three-quarters (72%) of distribution executives believe electric vehicle (EV) growth globally will be more rapid than the speed at which the necessary grid capacity can be built to accommodate them, states a report by consultancy Accenture.
The research, surveying 250 such executives, argues electricity grids are ill-prepared to respond to structural changes in energy generation and consumption caused by the deployment of low-carbon technologies.
Distributed generation, more active customers and widespread electrification will all potentially place strain on grids.
The development of a regulatory framework would help to boost future network resilience, the report states. Eighty per cent of respondents believe regulators are waiting for distribution businesses to propose models that incentivise flexibility.