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Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources

Length: 30 minutes
Subscription: 1 month - 12 months
Cost: $69 - $89
Prerequisites: None

This course provides a basic introduction to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and how they impact electric systems and markets.  

What you will learn:

  • The definition of DERs
  • The different types of DERs and how they are categorized by demand side management, distributed generation, and distributed storage
  • How DERs impact the electric delivery system
  • How DERs may participate in markets
  • Potential future growth of DERs

Following is a more detailed outline of content contained in the Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources online course.

Course content:

  • The definition of DERs
  • Categories of DERs (demand side management, distributed generation, distributed storage) and a list of the key technologies in each category
  • How DERs can be aggregated into larger pools (virtual power plants, microgrids, community solar, and distributed energy resource management systems)
  • DERs as a load modifier vs. as a supply resource
  • Overview of key impacts DERs may have on distribution and bulk electric systems
  • Overview of how distribution and bulk electric systems will benefit from DERs
  • How DERs may participate in electric markets (customer bill management, retail markets, wholesale markets)
  • Potential growth of DERs
  • Stages in the DER adoption curve and how distribution and bulk electric systems adapt to integrate DERs in each stage

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