Why it’s short-sighted to do centralized planning in a decentralizing electricity grid

CLEANTECHNICA | With financial rewards tied to building big things, and a 100-year history of doing so, utilities overlook distributed energy resources like rooftop solar. State regulators, expecting the grid future to unfold from a utility’s central plan, rarely push back. But the truth is that central planning may cost everyone (except utility shareholders) more, because the most cost-effective electricity system can be built from the bottom up.

This essay formed the basis of comments ILSR filed regarding DTE’s 2020 Renewable Energy Plan in Michigan, but its implications strike at the heart of utility resource planning in all 50 states.

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