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The Distributed Energy Resources Council (DERC) represents the industry voice of distributed energy resources, active demand management, distributed grid services, and smart grid companies by engaging in Hawaii regulatory and legislative forums. DERC provides vital support and advocacy to achieve the best policy outcomes in Hawaii for companies engaged in the DER/DR/SG market.  

Member categories and corresponding dues

Member categories and corresponding dues

Membership Structure

The Distributed Energy Resources Council is open to membership from customer-sited, grid connected distributed generation, advanced inverter, energy storage, demand response, smart grid, electric vehicle, and energy consultant companies active and/or interested in the Hawaii market. The initial membership dues structure includes two participation levels, with associated benefits, as detailed above.

Operating Structure

DERC is a 501-c- 6 non-profit trade association. 

Mission Statement

The Distributed Energy Resources Council is a 501-c-6 non-profit trade organization dedicated to the development of distributed energy resources, active demand management, distributed grid services, and smart grid solutions for a reliable and sustainable energy supply.  DERC works to find constructive and proactive paths for clean energy development that include reasonable compensation mechanisms for the contributions made to the electrical grid by distributed energy resources, demand response, and smart grid companies.  DERC engages in state-level legislative and regulatory forums with the explicit intent of collaborating with all stakeholders willing to work cooperatively toward a clean energy future.

Policy Focus

DERC’s current policy focus is to serve as an intervener in key proceedings at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, including the DER docket, the Demand Response docket, and the Grid Modernization Application.  Key issues within those and related proceedings include interconnection, tariff design/economic incentives, DER deployment and valuation, and grid planning. DERC also works actively at the Hawaii State Legislature, and monitors and engages in relevant legislative opportunities, including clean energy rebates and tax credits, interconnection standards, and performance based rate-making. 


DERC’s Steering Committee oversees the organization’s strategic direction and policy guidance. The Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from companies (i) contributing at the appropriate level, (ii) are in the DER, DR, and/or SG markets, and (iii) have agreed to the organization’s Mission Statement & Statement of Principles. After the initial founding, companies applying to join the Steering Committee must be reviewed and receive unanimous approval from the existing Steering Committee. 


The Association may have an Acting Director from among the Steering Committee, or may appoint an Executive Director to serve on its behalf in all policy and public forums. 

Member Services 

The Association provides services through the Executive Director, administrative staff as may be hired, contracted consultants, and volunteer support provided by or through contributing companies.