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Getting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Right

Using a Societal Value Stack

By Justin Gundlach and Burcin Unel, Ph.D.
December 3, 2019

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Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, Electricity, Reports, Jobs and Regulation

Our report notes the growing presence of distributed energy resources, like solar panels and energy storage installations, and explains how they should be compensated for providing electricity services valued by utilities and their customers. Currently, 40 states use net energy metering programs to compensate DERs. We describe a promising alternative, “value stacking,” which better reflects DERs’ value, and provide suggestions for how to implement this approach.