2Q 2020

DER Continue to Bolster Global Energy Resilience

Global DER Deployment Insights

The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) will be among the most disruptive trends to the traditional energy industry for the foreseeable future. Most energy companies and utilities are already wrestling with revenue erosion due to energy efficiency, demand side optimization, and solar PV. As deployments of distributed generation (DG) and energy storage, plug-in EVs (PEVs), and microgrids gain further traction, the impact on incumbent revenue will become more pronounced. Energy stakeholders are preparing for economic and operational disruptions and implementing efforts to offer a resilient and reliable power and electricity supply. Reprioritizing efforts across the sector may include a combination of strategies such as implementing DER, rolling out digital technologies, and establishing local procurement strategies. 

According to Guidehouse Insights estimates, new global DER capacity deployments—including DG, distributed energy storage, PEV charging load, demand response (DR), and energy efficiency— are outpacing the growth rates of new centralized generation capacity. This shift away from centralized generation requires the use of innovative technologies and solutions on the part of grid operators.

This report covers DER technologies grouped in six distinct parts of the value chain that generate, manage, and consume electricity. Despite their distinct characteristics, all these technologies usually operate behind-the-meter (BTM) at customer facilities. In some cases, the technologies are owned and operated by actors outside traditional utilities, such as the owner or third-party service providers. This report provides insights and key market inflection points on countries and regions where the proliferation of these resources is expected to have the greatest influence over energy reliability and resilience.

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  • What are the key drivers for different DER technologies around the world?
  • How are DER technologies evolving in terms of reliability and integration into the grid?
  • What are the major DER developments in each global region to date?
  • How will DER deployments displace traditional, centralized generation around the world?
  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Genset and microturbine vendors
  • Fuel cell vendors
  • Microgrid vendors
  • EV charging vendors and service providers
  • Energy suppliers, utilities, and grid operators
  • Energy service companies (ESCOs)
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community
  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Executive Summary
  • Market Inflection Trends
  • Market Drivers and Barriers
  • Market Forecast
  • Regional Market Overview
  • Key Recommendations
  • Acronyms and Resources
  • Contact
  • DER Deployment: Industry Growth Potential, World Markets
  • Market Drivers and Barriers
  • Cumulative DER Power Capacity by Technology, World Markets: 2020-2030
  • Annual DER vs. Annual Central Generation Capacity Additions, World Markets: 2020-2030