DERs vital to New Jersey’s energy transformation – Global think thanks

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The Center for Renewables Integration, Gridworks and GridLab have released a study which indicates the role which solar, energy storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles play in ensuring New Jersey achieves its 100% renewables target.

According to the paper, DERs will help utilities in the state to provide new services, reduce overall energy demand and create jobs.

Key recommendations from the study for the State of New Jersey include:

• Allow DER providers and utilities to integrate DERs through interconnection reform, valued based compensation mechanisms, advanced inverter functionality and targeted incentives.

• The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities should lead the DER integration processes, in consultation with contributing and impacted stakeholders.

• Encourage strategic electrification of buildings and transportation to reduce emissions.

• Prioritise the deployment of clean technologies in low-income and environmental justice communities.

• Conduct Holistic Grid Planning to assess different portfolios of bulk renewable and DERs.

The release of the whitepaper follows New Jersey state governor Phil Murphy announcing the region’s 2019 Energy Master Plan, which sets the state as the 9th to have a 100% clean energy target.

To date 49% of the state’s total energy is generated from renewables.

At a time when almost 50% of US consumers own smart inverters, New Jersey has recorded a 1% penetration rate.

“In 2001, the year before I became the President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, New Jersey had 6 solar installations across the entire state,” said Center for Renewables Integration (CRI) co-founder Jeanne Fox.

“This paper outlines a clear path forward for distributed energy resources and will enable the New Jersey solar economy to thrive,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO at the Solar Energy Industries Association.

“Alongside these best practices, we’ll need smart federal tax policies and a smooth transition to a new incentive program to continue New Jersey’s leadership on clean energy. We’re committed to engaging with the Board of Public Utilities and our partners on these short-term policy priorities as we work to promote certainty in the New Jersey solar market.”

To download the paper, click here…