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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Distributed Generation

Distributed Generation


Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy

RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute, May 2014, by Leia Guccione.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2014_05_22_owning_your_own_power_plant

"...it’s not that far-fetched to imagine a day when large segments of customers choose to go mostly or even entirely off-grid with clean, quiet, distributed solar-plus-battery systems. In fact, could owning your own power plant become as convenient and practical—if not quite as ubiquitous—as the consumer appliances and electronics already so commonplace that we take them for granted in our daily lives—a refrigerator, a clothes dryer, or a computer?"

The Value of the Integrated Grid

Electric Perspectives, May/Jun 2014, by Michael W. Howard.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/frame.php?i=207808&p=38&pn=&ver=flex

"EPRI's recent report on the future of the electric power system highlights the need to integrate distributed energy resources with the planning and operation of the grid."

David Crane and the Coming Electric Utility Apocalypse

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/david-crane-and-the-coming-electric-utility-apocalypse/

"The hyperbole in the headline comes not from the author but from those nipping at the heels of the traditional electric utility industry. Hyperbole aside, several recent and likely future developments have set the stage for a new set of industry players" such as net-metering, distributed generation, demand-side management, government incentives, etc.

Daniel Yergin on the Next Energy Revolution

McKinsey Quarterly Commentary, April 2014.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/
daniel_yergin_on_the_next_energy_revolution


"The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises."

Community Solar Offers a New Path Forward in Growing Distributed Generation with Customers

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, Apr. 2014, by Genevieve Liang. (Scroll or jump to page 15 of the PDF.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1701

"As solar energy becomes more mainstream in the public awareness, American utilities both large and small are trying to determine how to best incorporate solar into their resource mix, and how to handle the pathways via which consumers are adopting and using solar.

The looming question that is becoming more dominant in electric utility managers’ minds is: How can we actively engage with our customers and serve as their go-to source for solar, rather than being sidelined in this important conversation?"


New Interconnection Policies Free the Grid While Providing for Stability

Solar Industry, Apr. 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1404/FEAT_01_New-Interconnection-Policies-Free-The-Grid-While-Providing-For-Stability.html

"Aggressive adoption of distributed generation solar power is forcing regulators, utilities and manufacturers to address grid stability."

US Utilities and Distributed Generators: Enemies No More?

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jan.-Feb. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-1/features/us-utilities-and-distributed-generators-enemies-no-more.html

"The US utility market is changing and the traditionally dominant players are seemingly beset on all sides. Could the distributed generation sector hold the key to a new business model? Elisa Wood spots signs of a new relationship."

Standby Rates for Combined Heat and Power Systems: Economic Analysis and Recommendations for Five States

Prepared by Brubaker & Associates, Inc. and the Regulatory Assistance Project for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM-2013/583, Feb. 2014.
http://raponline.org/document/download/id/7020

"Standby, or partial requirements, service is the set of retail electric products for customers who operate onsite, non-emergency generation. These rates represent the cost of services utilities provide when customer generation is not operating or is insufficient to meet full load. Trends show that distributed generation is not rare anymore and that old ideas about risk have been replaced by utility operator confidence in anticipated performance. This paper presents the results of an analytical assessment of the rates, terms, and conditions for standby service in five states: Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, and Utah."

The Effectiveness of State-Level Policies on Solar Market Development in Different State Contexts

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report, NREL/TP-7A40-61029, Feb. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/61029.pdf

"In response to public interest in customer-sited distributed solar photovoltaics (PV), state and local policymakers have implemented policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building a robust PV market. Policymakers face challenges, including limited budgets and incomplete information about the effectiveness of the various policy options in their specific situation and in crafting and executing policy that supports market development goals.

This paper builds on [earlier] research to determine the most effective policy strategies for different types of states, as determined by their physical, demographic and macroeconomic context." 


Distributed Solar Explosion

Public Power, Jan/Feb 2014, by Paul Zummo.
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/APPH/APPS0114/index.php#/26

"Rates designed to encourage installation of distributed solar energy resources worked better than expected. Now the utility industry must address safety, operational and customer inequity."

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