Distributed energy resources (DERs) are challenging utilities in multiple ways—from high-level strategy and planning to more tactical efforts such as rate-making, program and service development, customer education and communications, and the evolution of internal organizational structures. Our 2024 Utility DER and Electrification Benchmark will survey US and Canadian utilities and present a detailed overview of utility DER-related activities. Participating utilities will gain insights into their own strategies’ strengths and gaps as well as ideas for future efforts.

What you get

All participants will receive a summary of the results, highlighting key insights and trends. Additionally, members of the E Source Distributed Energy Resource Strategy Service will receive:

  • An in-depth report with key findings and considerations from the survey
  • In-depth reports that explore specific topical areas covered in the benchmark
  • Access to a member-only web conference where we’ll detail the most relevant findings

If you’re interested in receiving the full set of deliverables, but your utility does not subscribe to the E Source Distributed Energy Resource Strategy Service, please contact us.

Topics we cover

The 2024 study will explore the types and impacts of customer-facing solutions that make the most of DER technologies.

Solutions we’ll cover include:

  • Pilots and programs
  • Education and communication efforts
  • Innovation-related efforts
  • Support for nonresidential customers
  • Workforce education development
  • Approaches to green power
  • Organizational structure and resourcing
  • Revenue-generating offerings and unregulated offerings

Technologies we’ll cover include:

  • EV charging infrastructure
  • Batteries and thermal energy storage
  • Rooftop and community solar and green power
  • Smart and grid-interactive devices
  • Smart panels and home energy management systems


We’re now recruiting for the 2024 Utility DER and Electrification Benchmark. If you’re closely involved with your utility’s DER and electrification strategy and you’d like to participate in the next survey, please fill out the form below.

Study results

If you’re a subscriber, these links will take you to the study deliverables. If you’re not currently a subscriber, contact us for information on how to become an E Source member.

Example of Utility DER and Electrification Benchmark findings

This is a thumbnail of the infographic Key Findings from the 2018 E Source Utility DER Strategy Benchmark

Key findings from the 2018 E Source Utility DER Strategy Benchmark