3Q 2023

Analyst Insight: Non-Wires Alternatives in Asia Pacific

Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker Insights

Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) make use of non-traditional transmission and distribution (T&D) solutions such as distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and grid software and controls, to defer or avoid the need for traditional grid infrastructure upgrades by reducing load at a substation or circuit level. Globally, the US NWA market is the largest, due in part to the growing number of regulatory requirements at the state level. A larger push is underway worldwide, resulting from cooperation between all key stakeholders: regulators, legislators, utilities, and customers. Developing a business case for NWA projects can often be challenging because of existing market frameworks, technology regulations, and incentive structures. 

However, encouraging NWAs can lead to a cleaner, less congested grid, which is flexible enough to respond to changes in supply and demand. NWAs can be particularly useful in remote, rugged, isolated, or densely populated areas where traditional grid infrastructure may be limited. Additionally, a supportive regulatory environment must be designed to further encourage NWA development, and strong customer engagement strategies must be employed to take full advantage of demand-side resources. 

The Guidehouse Insights Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker provides a comprehensive and up-to-date database of global NWA projects. Information provided for projects tracked includes project name, utility, size, cost, included technologies, status, and more details when available. The most recent Tracker was published in 2Q 2023. This accompanying Analyst Insight focuses on the Asia Pacific region’s large population centers, rural areas, large landmass, and resilience and reliability needs. Three countries in Asia Pacific, Japan, South Korea, and India, are examined to understand how they may leverage NWAs to improve their power grids while deferring costly T&D upgrades.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 3
  • What are the total number of NWA projects worldwide? 
  • What are the megatrends impacting the NWA market? 
  • How are those megatrends influencing NWA projects? 
  • What factors influence whether an NWA is successfully implemented? 
  • What market drivers and barriers are affecting NWA project growth in the Asia Pacific Region? 
  • Utilities 
  • Regulators 
  • DER vendors 
  • Demand response aggregators 
  • Consulting firms 
  • Energy storage developers 
  • Grid software platform providers 
  • Energy sector trade associations and advocacy groups 



Executive Summary

Market Inflection Trends: Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific Market Drivers and Barriers

Country Level Analysis: Japan & South Korea

Country Level Analysis: India

Regional Market Overview


Acronyms and Abbreviations



  • Regional Market Overview
  • Market Inflection Trends: Asia Pacific 
  • Asia Pacific Market Drivers and Barriers
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