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Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) refer to small-scale electricity generation or storage technologies that are located close to where the electricity will be used, rather than at a large, centralized power plant. These resources can include solar panels, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, and energy storage systems such as batteries. By generating electricity at or near the point of use, DER can provide economic, environmental, and grid resilience benefits.

DER systems can operate independently or in conjunction with the main power grid. They help reduce transmission and distribution losses, enhance power quality, and provide backup power during outages. Moreover, they offer consumers greater control over their energy usage and contribute to a more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.

Integrating DER into the energy mix is essential for advancing renewable energy adoption and decentralizing electricity production. This approach not only promotes energy independence but also supports a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.