The energy transition continues to evolve and this report offers one interesting, and innovative approach to address DER integration within a utility business model. Not suprisingly, Duke is at the forefront of this innovation.
" The LBNL paper is a postcard from the convergence that says owning assets on the distribution system is an opportunity," Rábago said. "Regulators may let utilities do this because it suits their jurisdictions, but that will erode the principle of the free market."
I believe there is a path forward that could accommodate DER adoption by utilities within a free market framework. There are no technical obstacles to hitting the "sweet spot solution"; the challenge is to align politics/regulations with a technical solution that is designed to ensure reliability while also meeting State and Green Buyer objectives.