In an article for GreenBiz, Guidehouse Insights underscores the importance of iDER as the energy transition unfolds
The concept of integrated DER, or iDER, revolves around platforms such as microgrids or virtual power plants that combine diverse and distributed DER assets to create shared value between asset owners and the larger surrounding grid.
In an article for GreenBiz, Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse Insights, said without this integration, it is impossible to unmask the sometimes hidden value embedded in these increasingly popular energy choices.
“Without adoption of iDER platforms, the grid is likely to become chaotic and reliability may decrease as a result because the DER assets will not be orchestrated in a way that integrates new value propositions across the entire energy stakeholder ecosystem,” he said.
Asmus said achieving iDER will require new partnerships, new business models, and a broader array of players. While this means a new approach for many players, the result is a more distributed, decarbonized, and digitized energy future.
“Asset owners, the larger grid, society, and the environment share the need for orchestration of DER assets to maximize economic and environmental value,” he said.
To learn more about iDER, download Guidehouse’s white paper, Integrated DER: Orchestrating the Grid’s Last Mile.