Feb. 6 — DERs like customer-sited solar, batteries and electric vehicle chargers, hold the promise of revolutionizing the power system, allowing customers to take greater control of their electricity usage and potentially replacing some traditional grid infrastructure. That’s a sea change for an industry that, for a century, faced little competition and relied on massive, customer-financed grid investments to provide electricity.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.