Exploring the Benefits of Integrated Distributed Energy Resources

In a PowerGrid International article, Navigant Research discusses how utilities are using integrated distributed energy resources as an innovative grid solution

Utilities and service providers are looking to offer innovative solutions and partnerships that meet customers’ energy and non-energy needs. One important aspect of this is the ability to integrate multiple resource types into a single customer offering.

In a PowerGrid International article, Navigant Research’s Brett Feldman, research director, discussed how utilities are looking to integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) to provide grid services. 

While several utility-led pilot programs have begun to explore the potential of distributed energy resources (DER) controlled in aggregate, Feldman said that management and coordination does not exclusively need to be performed by the utility. 

“It could be achieved through a combination of grid operator and utility price signals, third-party aggregator control, and customer choice,” he said.

Feldman explained that several financial and regulatory drivers are pushing utilities and suppliers to explore and implement IDER, including: 

  • Grid services for renewable balancing
  • Deferring capital costs
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Lower business disruption risk

Read the PowerGrid International Article

“As energy markets trend toward deregulation and DER technologies fall in price and increasingly penetrate all regions of the globe, IDER is expected to become a bigger piece of the resource puzzle and a bigger customer offering for utilities and energy suppliers.”

Brett Feldman
Research Director
Navigant Research

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