Value of the Grid_1 - American Public Power Association
Subject: The Value of the Grid: DER Proliferation
Summary: Rapid changes within the electric industry have led to concerns that electric utilities are in peril of becoming obsolete. The rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), particularly rooftop solar generation or distributed generation (DG), as well as energy efficiency, behind-the-meter energy storage, and microgrids have caused declining or stagnant sales. Declining costs for these DER options promise to further erode sales. Both environmental concerns and economics are driving these changes. As public power business models adapt to change, the steps and considerations utilities take will help them to thrive in these new roles.
Author: Paul Zummo, Director, Policy Research and Analysis American Public Power Association