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​Distributed Energy Resources​

A Distributed Energy Resource (DER) is any resource on the distribution system that produces electricity, stores electricity, or can change its load (electricity consumption) in response to a signal. This can include things like solar arrays on homes, electric vehicle charging, or air conditioners and hot water heaters than can respond to signals from the utility.  

Distributed Renewable Interconnections in Kentucky 

​​​The office of Energy Policy maintains a dashboard that categorizes Kentucky's distributed renewable interconnections by resource, utility, and net-metering status. 

To view this dashboard, please see our Energy Dashboards page.  ​

Types of Distributed Energy Resources

Solar Energy In Kentucky

Wind Energy in Kentucky

Geothermal in Kentucky

Combined Heat and Power in Kentucky

Electric Vehicles

Energy storage technologies come in six basic categories:

    1. Solid State Batteries: a range of electrochemical storage solutions, including advanced chemistry batteries and capacitors

    2. Flow Batteries: batteries where the energy is stored directly in the electrolyte solution for longer cycle life, and quick response times

    3. Flywheels: mechanical devices that harness rotational energy to deliver instantaneous electricity

    4. Compressed Air Energy Storage: utilizing compressed air to create a potent energy reserve

    5. Thermal: capturing heat and cold to create energy on demand

    6. Pumped Hydro-Power: creating large-scale reservoirs of energy with water

Check out the The Department of Energy's website on energy storage​ for further information, or review their energy storage reports and data here.

​​Demand Response

Demand response provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives.​

You can learn more about demand response by visiting the Department of Energy's page here. To learn about the specific demand response and conservations programs operating in your area, contact your local utility or visit our page on how you can reduce your energy bill​

Consumer Guide to Accessing Alternative Energy in Kentucky 

Consumer Energy Management and Access Guide.pdf​

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