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Planning for a Distributed Energy Future 2019

This year’s survey confirms that utilities are taking actions necessary to accommodate increasing penetrations of DERs on the grid, yet those actions are not at the rate required to keep ahead of customer demand and regulators’ expectations.

By not proactively developing the systems and processes needed to accommodate growing demand for DERs, utilities take the risk that large and small customers alike might completely bypass the utility grid in favor of self-generation, with or without utility backup service.

Read this research to learn:

  • Where DERs are making the biggest impact for regulators and utilities
  • The customer experience side of DERs (and what customers say about it)
  • The opportunities and threats if utilities don’t quicken the pace of DER integration

 

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Stephane Bilodeau on January 21, 2019

You're right DER will definitely change the landscape in 2019 and beyond. 

Indeed, forcing integration without consideration for the business and engineering aspect would be foolhardy.  The business case of the DER movement can be quantified through simple economics using the results of system engineering and planning.

This is just one of the exciting challenge of incorporating DER into the present-day grid operation, utilizing the resources and energy storage so as to enhance the grid performance & integrity while determining the value of that integration.

It should and must be done in an orderly manner with attention to detail and proper solutions. 

In short, the utilities that are not well equipped/ready to integrate DER might suffer in the long run.

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