Part of Grid Network »

The Grid Professionals Group covers electric current from its transmission step down to each customer's home. 

Other Resource

Planning for a Distributed Energy Future 2019

Paul A. DeCotis's picture
Senior Partner, Energy & Utilities Practice West Monroe Partners

          Paul A. DeCotis is senior partner of West Monroe Partners’ east coast Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He leads the firm’s executive advisory and...

  • Member since 1999
  • 12 items added with 20,024 views
  • Jan 21, 2019 12:27 am GMT

This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-01 - Predictions & Trends, click here for more

Access Other Resource

This year’s survey confirms that utilities are taking actions necessary to accommodate increasing penetrations of DERs on the grid, yet those actions are not at the rate required to keep ahead of customer demand and regulators’ expectations.

By not proactively developing the systems and processes needed to accommodate growing demand for DERs, utilities take the risk that large and small customers alike might completely bypass the utility grid in favor of self-generation, with or without utility backup service.

Read this research to learn:

  • Where DERs are making the biggest impact for regulators and utilities
  • The customer experience side of DERs (and what customers say about it)
  • The opportunities and threats if utilities don’t quicken the pace of DER integration


Paul A. DeCotis's picture
Thank Paul A. for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Stephane Bilodeau's picture
Stephane Bilodeau on Jan 21, 2019

You're right DER will definitely change the landscape in 2019 and beyond. 

Indeed, forcing integration without consideration for the business and engineering aspect would be foolhardy.  The business case of the DER movement can be quantified through simple economics using the results of system engineering and planning.

This is just one of the exciting challenge of incorporating DER into the present-day grid operation, utilizing the resources and energy storage so as to enhance the grid performance & integrity while determining the value of that integration.

It should and must be done in an orderly manner with attention to detail and proper solutions. 

In short, the utilities that are not well equipped/ready to integrate DER might suffer in the long run.

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »