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Bundling Competitive Supply and Distributed Energy Resources

Texas businesses often pursue one of two distinct energy strategies. One approach focuses on competitive supply, which can offer low and predictable rates. The other encompasses distributed energy resources (DERs), such as backup generators, energy storage, or microgrids, which are technologies that enhance energy reliability and … [Read more...]

The Latest Evolution of Distributed Energy Resources — Opportunity for Business Within PJM

Distributed energy resources have evolved. No longer merely rooftop solar panels or backup generators, they are imbued with software intelligence and new capabilities. These advanced technologies create opportunities for businesses to: Leverage electricity markets with demand response, price management, and the sale of energy to the grid … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

The True Value of Distributed Energy Resources? Connecticut Takes a Stab at it

Connecticut regulators are working to pin down the true value of distributed energy resources, which some stakeholders say needs to take into account community resiliency. Backers of the technology have long argued that distributed energy projects are not compensated fairly in the US because current mechanisms do not consider all of their … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources to Grow 15.9% CAGR

Basic economics, local electricity prices and government incentives are driving the growth of distributed energy resources, including microgrids and solar-plus-storage, at a rapid clip, according to new findings by Navigant Research. On site power generation, battery storage and microgrids have emerged as a way to to increase the use of … [Read more...]

The Value of Resilience for Distributed Energy Resources: An Overview of Current Analytical Practices

This report was developed based upon funding from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Managing and Operating Contractor for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Funding provided by U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. … [Read more...]

Economics is Driving the Growth of Distributed Energy Resources in Texas

Texas was among those states in the 1990s to restructure its retail electricity market, which gave business and residential consumers the option to choose a power supplier. Today, that type of innovation is expanding to give those users more dynamic options — the ability to generate their own electricity with distributed energy. The Texas … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Distributed Energy Resources

We are in the midst of an evolution toward a more decentralized power grid, a shifting away from electricity delivered via large central power plants and long transmission lines to more distributed energy resources (DER). The new paradigm calls for use of local resources, such as rooftop solar, small natural gas generators and microgrids that … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Surprising Ways Distributed Energy Resources Can Transform the Economy

Navigant's Peter Asmus describes five surprises that may lie ahead as distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids transform the global economy. This edition of Industry Perspectives was one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018.   It is that time of the year again, when pundits pontificate … [Read more...]