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The global capacity deployments of distributed energy resources are outpacing the installation of new centralised energy generation capacity.

This is according to a new study conducted by Navigant Research analysing DER capacity deployments including distributed generation, plug-in electric vehicle charging load, demand response and energy efficiency.

 The study reveals that:

  • Declining energy costs and innovative long-term price based instruments is supporting DER rollout
  • New additions of centralised generation technologies greatly influence the proportion of DER technologies integrated to main grid systems
  • Impact of DERs on utility revenue will become evident as distributed generation, EVs and demand response gain more traction
  • The energy cloud will be among the most disruptive trends to the traditional energy industry over the next decade. 

Pritil Gunjan, senior research analyst at Navigant Research, said: “Most energy companies and utilities are already wrestling with revenue erosion due to energy efficiency, demand-side optimisation, and solar PV.

“As deployments of distributed generation and energy storage, PEVs, and demand response gain further traction, the impact on incumbent revenue will become more pronounced.”

The report looks at 12 leading DER technology markets. For more information about the study, visit Global DER Deployment Database