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2021 Outlook: The DER boom continues, driving a 'reimagining' of the distribution system

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The need for two-way power flow is increasing, as a result of the penetration of distributed energy resources onto the grid. The addition of these “grid-tied” (connected to the transmission system) and distribution-level DERs is becoming problematic to many utilities. 

2021 Outlook: The DER boom continues, driving a 'reimagining' of the distribution system | Utility Dive

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 22, 2021

"As new customer-owned resources grow, the old way of delivering them will evolve to make load more flexible."

Jeffrey, since 2012 the group "Utility Dive" has been consistently frustrated by the stubborn refusal of electricity utilities to yield to wind- and solar-powered dreamers, who continue to believe their  demise is just around the corner. To resolve this cognitive dissonance, they're occasionally forced  to resort to logical gymnastics  to make sense of their mission.

For example, Merriam-Webster says "flexible" means "characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements." How can unpredictable sources of electricity (solar and wind) make demand for electricity more capable of adapting to changing requirements?

The term for which Utility Dive searches isn't "flexible", but maybe "challenging", or "problematic".

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