SEPA case study finds consumers could outspend utilities in distributed generation

By Kelsey Misbrener Consumers could outspend utilities in the adoption of solar, storage, electric vehicles and other distributed energy resources (DERs), making it essential for utilities to track and integrate these DERs into their planning processes to benefit their customers and the grid.
That is one of the key findings of a new case study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Black & Veatch, detailing the efforts of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to create such an integrated DER planning process. Through an in-depth study of its customers’ adoption of DERs, SMUD built a comprehensive customer database that will allow the

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