Resilient Independent DERs Can Stabilize a Volatile Climate and Energy Economy
- Oct 29, 2020 1:40 am GMT
This item is part of the Distributed Energy Resources - Fall 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Recent years have seen a clear trend in the energy economy towards distributed energy resources, from utilities reducing their dependence on large and aging centralized fossil fuel-burning power plants so as to reduce emissions, accelerating entry of diverse renewable energy generation resources into the energy mix as their prices fall and capacities expand, and the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated energy storage technologies supporting the DER model. The ever more severe weather events such as storms and wildfires that interfere with the ability of utilities to propagate and maintain the traditional centralized energy model serve to encourage the transition to DERs. Utilities around the world have slowly but surely been increasingly adopting new distributed energy generation resources and business models.
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