A Distributed Energy Resource (DER) is any resource on the distribution system that produces electricity, stores electricity or involves changing load (electricity consumption) in response to a signal. This can include things like solar arrays on homes, electric vehicle charging, or air conditioners or hot water heaters than can respond to signals from the utility.
Distributed Renewable Interconnections in Kentucky
2018 KY Distributed Renewable Interconnection Summary
Types of Distributed Energy Resources
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 Energy Storage Association's website for further information.
The DOE Global Energy Storage Database is publicly accessible and simple to use, providing an open-access resource for detailed energy-storage project and policy information, and allowing users to contribute data through a third-party vetting process.
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.
Contact your local electric utility for information on participating in demand conservation programs.
Consumer Guide to Accessing Alternative Energy in Kentucky
Consumer Energy Management and Access Guide.pdf