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Distributed Energy Resources: What's New? An Energy Central Insights Special Issue - Two Part Series

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 10/2020 - Distributed Energy Resources, click here for more

Letter from the Community Leader

The landscape of the utility industry is evolving, perhaps faster than it ever has. Among the most transformative new areas of the energy sector is the rise of distributed energy resources, or DERs.

The proliferation of DERs have created an opportunity to make serious in-roads across numerous goals of utility stakeholders: they help increase the reliability and resilience of power delivery, they tend to be less carbon-intensive than central power plants, and they can shift the equation to make energy delivery more affordable for end consumers. But that doesn’t mean that DERs don’t bring their own unique set of challenges, especially considering that the era of DERs is still relatively new.

Tracking the changes, and the effects, both beneficial and concerning, can be a full-time job given the growth of  DERs, the ever-improving technological options, and the manner in which regulations, markets, and policies are all trying to keep pace with that technological innovation. For that reason, pausing to take a periodic and comprehensive pulse on the state of DERs is critical—and that’s what we hope this Energy Central Special Issue entitled “Distributed Energy Resources: What’s New?” will do.

As you seek to stay on the cutting edge of this unprecedented time in the utility business, I hope you take the time to read insights shared by your peers in this two-part special issue series. What has them excited, what problems are they solving, and how will the conversation change in the next 5-10 years? You’ll find answers to those questions in this issue, but also open invitation to share your insights. Please take the time to add your questions to pieces that spark your curiosity, respectfully share your opinion when an author has a different take than you, and use this as an opportunity to drive the change in conversation rather than just observe it from the sidelines!

Also, there were several other articles submitted for this special issue series that, due to space, we were not able to include – to read them all, follow this link.

I am looking forward to reading the discussions.

Audra C Drazga
VP of the Power Industry Network

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