Promise Of DERs
Safe Storage And Interconnection
- Customer adoption forecasting — Customer behavior can shape the economic and grid benefits from residential battery storage. To plan for and potentially incentivize this behavior, utilities should
objectively analyze customer economics and preferences.
- Utility tariff and program design — Incorporating novel utility program and tariff designs may help to improve alignment in DER deployment and operation for broader
societal benefits. This will require continuing research into optimization and simulation tools to investigate DER life-cycle costs and benefits from both the customer and utility perspectives.
- Equity and access considerations — Some customers and communities may have barriers to adopt DER or other resilience systems because of cost, education or access issues. Utilities may need to challenge their business planning and actions to determine how to deploy DERs in an equitable manner to serve all communities.
- Utility T&D planning — Traditional power system planning does not yet fully consider or incorporate
limited energy resources like energy storage. The separated planning processes for high-voltage transmission and low-voltage distribution also present a challenge to coordinating T&D asset investment planning for reliability and affordability. However, strategic DER placement with microgrid controls can be a good opportunity to improve resilience.