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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.

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Paul Ntalo on Oct 26, 2020

Thank you for your continous articles about the energy sector. I like the factor that you have a background of software engineering..

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Howard Smith on Oct 29, 2020

This is becoming a significant nationwide issue.  Xcel has been leading the pack on this before Duke Energy did.  Also, one of the behind the scenes issue for this is what to do with net-metering.  Ameren is involved with this issue based on state law that requires net-metering to be replaced when a certain percentage of their load is net-metered.  Also, former FERC Commissioner Wellinghoff has staked out his position on this issue as well.  This could evolve into State rights versus Federal jurisdication battle over time.

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Richard Brooks on Oct 30, 2020

I agree Howard, States/Federal authority remains a turbulent front. Perhaps FERC Order 2222 will open the door to address this tension as FERC makes it clear that interconnection requirements are largely influenced by State policies for DER.

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