Advancing Electric System Resilience with Distributed Energy Resources: Key Questions and Resources

Kiera Zitelman, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This resource has two complementary parts: (1) A list of questions that offers an initial starting point for state public utility commissions (commissions) to frame how they review proposed utility investments and considerations that could offer resilience benefits; (2) A list of relevant resources to improve a regulator's ability to oversee resilience investments and obtain the best possible solutions for customers. The list of resources includes a synopsis of relevant topics covered in each resource. This document is not intended to offer a complete picture of resilience literature, but instead suggests strategies for state regulators to convene conversations and make decisions to achieve better resilience outcomes for customers. It is meant to serve as a starting point for commissions to understand and incorporate resilience into regulatory processes. The list of questions and resources will not be perfectly suited to the particular needs of each commission. As the resilience conversation advances, regulators will need to take advantage of available resources to build their capacity to assess resilience risks, compare investment options, and evaluate performance.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

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

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90138


  • resilience benefits
  • SEIN
  • state public utility commissions
  • utility investments


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