Advancing Electric System Resilience with Distributed Energy Resources: A Review of State Policies

Kiera Zitelman, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Severe weather, cyber-attacks, geomagnetic disturbances, and other hazards and threats have caused or have the potential to cause substantial levels of damage to electricity infrastructure and the global economy. Growth in distributed energy resources (DERs) and increasing attention to the resilience of the electric grid - its ability to "anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and/or rapidly recover" from disruptions, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC, 2018) - have created an opportunity for energy stakeholders to develop and deploy "resilient DERs," resources in the distribution grid that improve the ability of a customer, critical facility, and/or the distribution system in general to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and/or rapidly recover from disruptions. This paper explores how existing state regulations intersect with resilience and highlights opportunities where state regulators can employ DERs to advance resilience.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Washington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90137


  • cost-benefit analysis
  • cybersecurity
  • decision-making analysis
  • DER
  • DERs
  • distributed energy resources
  • natural disasters
  • SEIN
  • value
  • vulnerability


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