Earlier this month, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start developing a framework for distributed energy resources (DER).
“DERs are small-scale power-generation sources located close to where the electricity is used. A DER can be a plug-in electric car – or much more. They can be solar power systems on the roofs of homes or businesses, battery storage systems, turbine systems, fuel cells and other electricity-storage systems. DERs are considered among the fastest-growing power sources in the nation, with the potential to provide an enormous energy source to the power grid. They have become increasingly popular as major power providers in California and throughout the United States face growing demands.”
Folsom’s California ISO Leading Push for Distributed Energy Resources, by Mark Glover, The Sacramento Bee, June 24, 2016.