Distributed Energy Resources:

Seizing Opportunities While Managing Distribution Grid Impacts

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) offer substantial opportunities to shift utilities toward a more sustainable and resilient energy system. This can yield significant economic and environmental benefits for utilities and renewable developers. The challenge is to deploy DERs in ways that support the evolution of more flexible power grids.

There are a number of issues that can arise with DER projects that must be addressed in order to ensure the maximum operational and economic benefits the technology has to offer. Some of the more common issues that DER developers and utilities may face include:

  • The conflicting agendas of utilities and developers
  • Operational impacts at the feeder level and on the greater distribution grid
  • Cost considerations
  • Unintended consequence of DERs on grid operations

This paper explores the nature of these challenges and provides expert insights and examples of solutions that are available to allow utilities to tap the benefits DERs can provide.

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