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This organization represents the industry voice of distributed energy resources (DER), active demand management (DR), and smart grid (SG) companies through engaging in Hawaii policy and legislative forums. This new organization is vital to achieving ideal policy outcomes in Hawaii as no group that represents the interests of DER/DR/SG companies currently exists in this market.  

Member categories and corresponding dues

Member categories and corresponding dues

Membership Structure

The Association is open to membership from customer-sited, grid connected distributed generation, advanced inverter, energy storage, demand response, and smart grid 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

This organization and its founding members have formed a 501c6 non-profit trade association in order to formally operate and legally intervene in Hawaii policy proceedings. 

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

The initial focus of this organization will be to serve as an intervener in key proceedings at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, including the DER and Demand Response (DR) proceedings, as well as to monitor and engage in relevant legislative opportunities, including the potential for a state-level storage tax credit. Key issues within those and related proceedings include interconnection, tariff design/economic incentives, DER deployment and valuation, and grid planning. 


The organizational strategic direction and policy guidance will be overseen by the Steering Committee. 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 has appointed Leslie Cole-Brooks as Executive Director. She will serve as the lead person representing the Association in all policy and public forums. 

Member Services 

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