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DER in Your Territory: Stand Ready to Support Grid Reliability

By Jessie Mehrhoff on Jan 12, 2022 12:43:28 PM

Smart Technologies Are Moving Beyond Early Adopter Phase…

For the utility grid to support growing electricity demand, we’ll need to harness the collective capacity of the distributed energy resource (DER) installed base. Fortunately, many home appliances are becoming DERs by virtue of their control over energy-consuming devices behind the meter—you may better know these DERs as “smart” devices.

The penetration of “smart” technologies has not yet reached parity with more standard models; however, growing consumer demands for a smart home environment responsive to both occupants’ needs and external factors are moving some communicating, wi-fi enabled, or otherwise intelligent technologies past the “early adopter” phase. If you don’t believe me, just give your email inbox a scan for the promotional emails from manufacturers, big box stores and your favorite online marketplace.

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Topics: distributed energy resources, DERs, smart devices, smart grid, grid services, flexible capacity

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