5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources
Distributed energy resources (DERs) is an expansive term, including everything from backup generators to microgrids. In some states like California and Hawaii the focus is on solar and the tools needed to integrate this massive new grid edge resource. Batteries are another important tool in the kit, but so are air conditioners, water heaters, refrigerators, pumps, and other behind-the-meter flexible loads — not to mention electric vehicles. Distribution utilities are going to need all of these DERs to manage the paradigm shift to come as renewables grow to a majority of the grid’s energy.