Distributed energy resources (DERS) are disrupting the energy landscape in California. In an industry traditionally driven by centralized decision making, demand side technologies are democratizing our power systems. The ubiquity of information technology has made it possible for disparate distributed resources to coordinate and interface with the grid. Moreover reductions in the cost of solar, energy storage, and EVs, combined with innovative financing models have made it easier than ever before for consumers to control their own energy production and consumption. This panel will address the impact of DERs on the Californian energy industry and the technical and regulatory challenges they pose.