DER Integration Offers Utilities Opportunities to Partner With Customers
- Aug 23, 2019 7:12 pm GMT
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The future of energy provision looks less and less like a one-way service deployment and more and more like a partnership between utilities and customers. Increased use of distributed energy resources (DERs) has created opportunities for utilities and customers to work together to meet community energy needs. In creating appropriate service models to accommodate the changing landscape, utilities must consider the complexities of this new generation paradigm.
The Grid as a Critical Platform
As customers find ways to generate their own electricity, resulting in declining sales for utilities, it may be tempting to consider an extreme scenario in which customers defect from the grid entirely en masse. Yet, according to a report by the American Public Power Association, “There is still tremendous value in both the electric utility and the electric grid in meeting…evolving customer expectations. Not only will the utility continue to play a role in the future, the grid and the utilities managing it are essential in navigating the evolution of the industry.”
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