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Some think that traditional cost per watt numbers significantly understate the economic and social benefits of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as rooftop solar, home batteries, and electric vehicles. Others think that states like California and Massachusetts are over-subsidizing DERs compared to larger scale assets, locking in sub-optimal generation, and underestimating the regressive effects of such subsidies. Come hear a friendly debate and conversation on these and other DER topics, including the investment landscape for DERs, by Elta Kolo, John Farrell, Jesse Jenkins, and Scott Burger.

Elta Kolo  Research Manager, Grid Edge - GTM/Wood Mackenzie   Bio

Elta Kolo
Research Manager, Grid Edge - GTM/Wood Mackenzie
Bio

John Farrell  Director - Energy Democracy Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance   Bio

John Farrell
Director - Energy Democracy Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Bio

Jesse Jenkins  Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Kennedy School   Bio

Jesse Jenkins
Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard Kennedy School
Bio

Scott Burger  PhD Candidate - MIT Institute for Data, Systems, & Society   Bio

Scott Burger
PhD Candidate - MIT Institute for Data, Systems, & Society
Bio


Primer reading - learn more about this topic before the conference

Distributed Energy Resources 101: Required Reading for a Modern Grid (~8 min read)

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) (~12 min read)

What are distributed energy resources and how do they work? (~4 min read)