Drivers and barriers to DER deployment

The integration of Distributed Energy Resources within the European electricity network is already initiated, supported by the recent strengthening of EU energy policy, and significant market and technology evolutions.

The figure below illustrates the past growth trends of Renewable Energy (Res)sources (RES). In an optimistic scenario regarding EU energy policy orientations and Member States efforts in the coming years, the total DER contribution (distributed renewable sources and combined heat and power units) to EU electricity demand in 2020 could go beyond 20%.

A short review of the key drivers for DER can be read here.

Yet, the pace of DER deployment is still low, since DER deployment faces barriers involving technology, market, and regulation issues: a brief analysis of such barriers can be read here.