Are You a DER Expert? Share Your Industry Insights in the Upcoming Energy Central Special Issue: “Distributed Energy Resources – What’s New?”

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As anyone working in power generation, electricity transmission, or even utility management is keenly aware, the energy industry is undoubtedly amid a transformation the likes of which have never been seen. For decades, power was generated exclusively at large-scale centralized power plants and transmitted for miles and miles to its end destination. This system was an obvious and practical solution for the technology available at the time, but as technology advances, we’re seeing Distributed Energy Resources, or DERs, taking hold in new, surprising, and exciting ways.

The exhilarating growth in this sector is fueled by innovation, creativity, and technological advancements. However, stakeholders recognize the potential challenges that might arise, even unforeseen consequences, of an energy system that’s rapidly becoming more distributed. Ensuring DERs assist in the goals of reliable, affordable, and clean energy, rather than standing in the way of those goals, is paramount.

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Energy Central wants to guide a productive conversation on both the opportunities and the hurdles that DERs are presenting to utilities, grid operators, consumers, and all the other impacted stakeholders. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce the upcoming Special Issue entitled Distributed Energy Resources – What’s New?

We want to hear from you about the state of DERs today and tomorrow, so we’re asking you to share your insights, perspective, and papers for the Special Issue that will be published on October 29, 2020.

What sort of DER stories are we looking for?

The proliferation of DERs are hitting all aspects of the utility sector, meaning there are plenty of questions that you can answer with your submission:

  • What are the trends in DERs today that are redefining what the grid of tomorrow will look like?
  • After all the grid reliability issues experienced recently in California, how have DERs served to influence that situation?
  • What risks are being added to energy systems as generation gets more distributed and how can we account for and manage those risks today?
  • What are the best ways to reach utility customers to have their assets (e.g., onsite storage, EVs, demand response programs) built into an overall DER strategy?
  • How far are we today from virtual power plants (VPPs) making just as much of an impact on the grid as traditional power plants?
  • What regulations or marketbased policies need examination in order to truly unleash the potential of DERs?


Participating for Professionals who work for a Utility, IPP, RTO, or Government Agency

We're inviting submissions from experts and leaders who are working every day in facets of the industry that are shaping and being shaped by DERs. Share with your fellow community members your hand-on experiences and lessons learned, as well as predictions for the coming years.

*For professionals who work for utilities, IPP's, RTO's or government agencies, submission are free. See below for details on how to submit an article and for deadlines.


Invitation for Solution Providers and Industry Vendors to Get Involved

The "Distributed Energy Resources- What’s New" special issue is a great way to put your insights and messaging directly in front of the most valued utility personnel and industry influencers in the DER space. To learn how you can contribute an article or become a content sponsor of this DER-focused special issue, please get in touch with a client representative at or Download our Product Guide now for more information.


Instructions for Participation

Send your submissions to with the subject ‘DERs 2020.' If you need feedback on your submission idea, feel free to send questions or even an abstract to the same email address (please note that if you submit an abstract for review, do so at least a week ahead of the submission due date and make note that it's an abstract in the subject line).


Abstract Due date: October 12th 

Final submissions due date:  October 19th

Issue Deployment Date: October 29th


We’re excited to see your submissions and help drive the conversation in this critical area!

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network

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Thorkil Soee on Oct 6, 2020

We will never get forward without nuclear.


Almost all problems will disapear if we could go nuclear.

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