Distributed Energy Resources Capabilities Guide
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Distributed Energy Resources Capabilities Guide

  • Discussion of drivers and introduction to DERs
  • Summary of DER capabilities for solar, storage, energy efficiency, and demand management
  • Capabilities examined: energy, capacity, voltage regulation, frequency regulation, load following, balancing, spinning reserves, non-spinning reserves, and black start.

From Traditional and Centralized to Decentralized: The Impact On Future Grids.


As utilities begin to explore the capabilities of distributed energy resources (DERs), new tools will be called upon to optimize grid infrastructure and operations, such as increased flexibility to incorporate solar’s more intermittent generation.

The guide covers the technical capabilities of distributed energy resources (DERs) including:

  • Solar
  • storage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Demand management

These capabilities would provide critical grid-support services to help utilities maintain reliability as they integrate more intermittent renewables. Each resource is evaluated in the report for its potential to provide specific kinds of support, such as load following and balancing, voltage, and frequency regulation.

This report will help familiarize utility planners and grid operators with these resources so they can integrate them into their systems as energy markets and regulatory landscapes evolve — and the technologies get even better.

To view the executive summary to this report, please click here.

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