Chapter 9

Bringing DER Into the Mainstream: Regulations, Innovation, and Disruption on the Grid’s Edge

Jim Baak    Vote Solar, Oakland, CA, United States


This chapter highlights the challenges that regulators, utilities, DER providers, and consumers face in balancing competing interests to enable deployment of DER for the benefit of the grid and utility ratepayers. By drawing from the experiences of California and New York, it illustrates different regulatory approaches and offers insights on how to balance competing stakeholder needs while improving the reliability and resilience of the grid. It describes the significant challenges and opportunities of integrating higher levels of DER deployment and the steps necessary to achieve this ...

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