4Q 2021

Ecosystem Strategy for Connected DER: Building a Sustainability Advantage

Reducing the impact of human activity on Earth is becoming a necessity as these impacts become clear. In the energy space, the reduction of carbon emissions is increasingly a target of both corporate and residential energy consumers. Connected distributed energy resources (DER) are attractive tools to achieve sustainable energy targets that are under direct control of the energy consumer.

Technology developments are causing a fast drop in the cost of behind-the-meter electricity generation to the point where consumers in parts of the world with good resources and little variability in seasonal weather patterns might go off-grid to avoid any cost related to grid connection. In this new technology-led landscape, providing the right DER solutions to help consumers achieve their sustainability goals is key to enhancing the attractiveness of these solutions in a competitive environment.

This report examines how new connected DER solutions are tackling the sustainability questions brought by potential customers. Recommendations are provided for energy strategists, technology providers, service partners, and other stakeholders.

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  • What is the role of connected DER in a corporate sustainability strategy?
  • How does this impact intersect with other challenges, including increasing energy costs?
  • How are DER OEMs, utilities, and energy suppliers adapting their services and technology investments to create sustainability solutions?
  • Which business models can help in managing the new needs of the energy system and building future resilience while supporting the growth of sustainable technologies?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for different sectors of the DER market?
  • Solar developers, installers, and operators
  • Genset and microturbine vendors
  • Fuel cell vendors
  • Microgrid vendors
  • Energy suppliers, utilities, and grid operators
  • Energy service companies (ESCOs)
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Introduction and Scope

Executive Summary

Societal and Environmental Needs Call for a New Energy Landscape

Market Accelerators and Inhibitors

The Three Emissions Scopes

Connected DER Are a Component of Renewable Energy Procurement

Ecosystem Perspective

Building a Sustainability Advantage with Connected DER

Conclusions and Key Recommendations

Acronyms, Resources, and Contact

  • Three Emissions Scopes
  • Connected DER Are a Component of Renewable Energy Procurement
  • Ecosystem Perspective
  • Market Accelerators and Inhibitors