Utility companies are beginning to integrate distributed energy resources (DER) as the evolution of smart technology and the next-generation grid emerges.

Jeremy Klingel of Black and Veatch explains how he sees utilities working with DER today and into the future. He says that DER are more than just small-scale solar and he expands the definition of them to utility-scale renewables, battery storage, and even EVs as mobile assets.

Klingel acknowledges that DER pose a risk for utility companies but says that on the flip side, they also lower carbon emissions and create a flexible grid; eventually resulting in a self-fueling ecosystem.

To learn more about how utilities can use DER to create new markets, watch the full interview with Klingel below.