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Beginning on September 30, 2014, the Department of Energy hosted a two-day workshop on “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies” in Washington DC. The purpose of the workshop was to foster discussion about the analytic challenges associated with valuing the diverse impacts of deploying distributed energy technologies. Many valuation studies have been published in recent years, using different methods and assumptions. This workshop was intended as an early step toward the development of widely-accepted concepts and methods for conducting such valuation studies. A summary of the discussion and presentations made during the workshop are now available for downloading.
The workshop was planned and presented by the Department’s Grid Tech Team (GTT), a multi-office working group created to establish and maintain a long-term vision for the future grid. The GTT's participating offices include the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA), the Office of Fossil Energy, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Energy Information Administration, the Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.