An essential step in transforming to a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system is to encourage a flexible, integrated and coordinated (across electricity, heat and electric vehicles) energy system operation. This requires building (and valuing) distributed energy resources (DER, for both supply and demand). And to do this cost effectively, it is essential to know what the DER resource base is of an area. Only when this is known is it possible to value that DER; and only when DER value is known, is it possible to understand the emerging economics of D4 (the move towards decentralisation, decarbonisation, digitalisation and democratisation). The amount of DER in an area, and the degree to which it is incorporated into system operation has major implications for how networks are charged for; how they are regulated; the type of tariffs which should complement a DER system, and so on.
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