​​​​​​​​The cooperative energy landscape is transforming with the advent of Distributed Energy Resources, and advanced energy technologies such as distribution automation (DA). This transformation presents an attractive opportunity for co-ops to enhance their energy resilience, sustainability, and cost-efficiency. NRECA's report explains the need for DA in a changing grid paradigm, the value of DA through various objectives and goals, components for successful implementation of DA technology and applications, and details of a DA initiative by NRECA with electric cooperatives.