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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


Empowerment Over Protection: How Solar and DERs Can Help the Disadvantaged

Utility Dive, Feb. 23, 2016, by James Tong and Jon Wellinghoff.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/empowerment-over-protection-how-solar-and-ders-can-help-the-disadvantaged/414273/

"The boom in rooftop solar has sparked concerns about a “green divide” and even undertones of class warfare. And it’s true that solar customers to date have tended to be more affluent than average households. Although recent data suggest that solar is now expanding into neighborhoods of more modest incomes, fear persists that solar policies will continually favor the wealthy at the expense of everyone else, particularly the most vulnerable. Critics thus demand reforms and fees for solar customers. What they overlook, however, is how policies designed to protect the poor can actually make them worse off."

Future Opportunities and Challenges with Using Demand Response as a Resource in Distribution System Operation and Planning Activities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electricity and Markets and Policy Group, Jan. 2016.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/future-opportunities-and-challenges

"The design and operation of the electric distribution system in the United States has been relatively constant and stable for many decades. Its simple radial "hub-and-spoke" design has effectively and efficiently transported electricity from the bulk power system to end-use customers. However, factors are at play that may fundamentally change the design and operation of the electric distribution system in the coming decade.... This scoping study focuses on identifying the ability for current and future Demand Response opportunities to contribute to distribution system management."

The Top 5 Trends in Distributed Energy Policy and Rate Design

Utility Dive, Nov. 23, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-top-5-trends-in-distributed-energy-policy-and-rate-design/409639/

"From Maine to Hawaii, regulators continue to be caught between the power of utilities and the passion of renewables advocates on a slew of distributed energy issues, and a new report points out that they aren't likely to subside anytime soon."

Gas-Fired DG Showdown: Microturbines, Fuel Cells, or Reciprocating Engines?

Power, Oct. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/gas-fired-dg-showdown-microturbines-fuel-cells-or-reciprocating-engines/

"If you’re looking to generate distributed power with gas, your options are broader than ever, with a range of efficient, clean-burning technologies to chose from. Knowing which option is the right one depends on a balance of site constraints, fuel supplies, and environmental oversight."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/outside-the-box-renewable-energy-microturbines/

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

Microgrids: Self-Sufficient Energy Islands

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Ethan Howland.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44478

"Microgrids, small energy systems that can run independently of the main grid, can turn communities into self-sufficient energy islands. The technology may have been made popular by a devastating storm, but public power utilities have been creating electricity islands since before it was cool. Microgrids are positioned to grow quickly, with public power utilities leading the way, thanks to their unique position in their communities."

The Future of Microgrid Markets

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Lyn Corum.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=266629&p=36#{}

"The why, where, and how of growth in distributed energy resources."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.
http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/08/searching-equilibrium?authkey=1b8f573ff31babae044128d6c9f9c6755bd259c00f01b6cc6f6320f438d8a7f0

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Deploy Grid Energy Storage Using Best Practices From Existing Installations

Solar Industry, June 2015, by Chris Thompson.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1506/FEAT_03_Deploy-Grid-Energy-Storage-Using-Best-Practices-From-Existing-Installations.html

"...there are several commonalities between solar and grid-tied storage, and important lessons from the solar industry provide substantial guidance in energy storage application. Performance, pricing and packaging are the 'three Ps' of storage project deployment, derived from our direct experience in both solar and storage project deployment over the last few years."

The Game Changer [Energy Storage]

Solar Today, April 30, 2015, by Maureen McIntyre (Editor & publisher)
http://solartoday.org/2015/04/the-game-changer/

"The global energy landscape is shifting, and the game changer is energy storage."
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