Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are integrated, decentralized energy technologies and systems that can displace the need to use fossil and/or remote energy sources, and potentially increase economic opportunities in communities. Some DERs generate and store clean energy locally, others reduce the demand for energy, or manage demand peaks, Others can make the energy supply more resilient.

In this section we introduce technologies and programs that are considered DERs but do not directly involve the generation of electricity. They are non-generation demand-side technologies or programs that enable GHG reductions, reduce costs, improve efficiency, reduce or shift demand, and/or increase resilience.

Initially we’ve focused on electric vehicles (EVs) and other programs that most CCAs are pursuing first (incentives, rate structures, energy efficiency). But as CCAs become more established and technologies mature, we can expect innovation around building electrification, demand-response, storage, and micro-grids, as well as integrated data platforms.

In each sub-section below, you’ll find information in the following general categories.

  • Overview
  • Relevance for CCAs
  • Opportunities for Action
  • Resources and Partners

In addition, please follow this link to the DER Projects Clearinghouse where you can learn about specific projects or programs that CCAs are implementing using each of these methods. Search and filter by CCA, technology, goals, location, etc., see summary project information, and most importantly, who to contact for more information to accelerate your own efforts.