California regulators are on the cusp of breaking open a long-awaited opportunity to enlist rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and other distributed energy resources (DERs) to substitute for expensive grid upgrades. It’s called the Partnership Pilot, and according to DER developers, it could be a major step forward in a distribution resources plan effort that’s been underway in California since 2014 and is being duplicated under names like “distribution system planning” and “integrated distribution planning” in many other states. The goal of these state-by-state efforts is to find ways for utilities, customers and third-party aggregators to capture the grid value of DERs. One clear opportunity is getting them to respond to utility signals to reduce peak loads on local grid circuits.
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