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Comments on Connecticut’s Proposed Value Categories for Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DERs), like solar panels and residential battery installations, provide significant value to the grid, but utilities and regulators are still exploring how to appropriately compensate them. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) have proposed several quantitative and qualitative value categories it intends to examine in its study of the value of DERs. We submitted comments supporting their inclusion of avoided emissions costs, which covers both greenhouse gas emissions and ambient air pollutants, as a value category. We also encourage DEEP and PURA to include electricity system resilience among the quantifiable benefits of DER deployment. We later submitted a second round of comments.