Opportunities and Barriers for Renewable and Distributed Energy Resource Development at Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities
The objectives of this project were to:
- Identify and discuss opportunities for distributed energy resource (DER) development at drinking water and wastewater utilities
- Assess the legislative, regulatory, and policy environment impacting DER developments
- Undertake case studies of implemented DER utility projects
- Convene webinars and a workshop to shape a guidebook and build resources to help utilities navigate challenges and implement DER solutions
- Document research findings in a practical utility guidebook
Four electronic supplements developed by this project can be found below under Web Tools: an Annotated Bibliography (ES1); a Catalog of DER Barriers (ES2); a Catalog of DER Regulations (ES3); and the Regulatory Drivers- Linked Overview, a visual map of regulations that highlights a complex and intersecting regulatory environment (ES4). In addition to being included in the report, Appendix A: Glossary, and Appendix B: Case Studies, are posted below under Project Papers.
Published in 2019.
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Project 5062 builds upon the results of this project.
Originally funded as WERF project ENER17C15
Opportunities and Barriers to Implementing DER/Renewables at Water Utilities
Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are an emerging opportunity that water utilities can use to offset the increasing energy demand and costs for water services. Self-generation of energy may reduce costs...