DERs stands for Distributed Energy Resources and are technologies that generate and manage electricity at the place of consumption.
DERs are often smaller generation units that are located on the consumer’s side of the meter. While DERs provide a range of benefits, they also include a range of relatively new and developing technologies.
DER Examples include:
- rooftop solar
- battery storage
- batteries in electric vehicles used to export power back to the grid
- combined heat and power units
- biomass generators
- open and closed cycle gas turbines
- reciprocating engines (diesel, oil)
- hydro and mini-hydro schemes
- fuel cells.