“The clean energy industry is eagerly awaiting implementation details from regional ISOs and RTOs, as FERC’s September order is expected to dramatically increase the amount of DERs able to connect to the grid.
Studies have projected the U.S. could add anywhere from 65 GW to 380 GW of DERs over the next four to five years, including a low end estimate of 19 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said before releasing the order, representing a “seismic shift” in the energy landscape.
In total, around 50% of U.S. load will be impacted by this order, said Ko, including all the load under FERC jurisdiction and excluding small utilities that are not required to comply with the order.
“The potential of this order is that we can deploy DERs to all of that load, and make … all those megawatts available as active market participants in the wholesale markets,” he said. “That’s the ultimate goal of this whole effort. And it represents a tremendous opportunity for DER, and DER aggregators, and customers, frankly, to become part of the wholesale markets in the United States.””
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Moorhouse, Catherine. Utility Dive 22 October 2020.