Topic: Distributed Generation

Distributed Generation Articles

External News

Energy Resilience, Flexibility Highlight Utility Industry Event

The country’s foremost utility geeks descended on San Antonio to let their inner wonks run wild. The conference, DistribuTech International, featured the nation’s largest utilities mingling with service providers demonstrating their latest technologies and offerings on impressively large screens and surprisingly intricate displays.

Riding the Hype Cycle: Is Blockchain Still Key to a Better Energy System?

As more traditional venture capital and strategic investors are beginning to evaluate blockchain for the energy industry, feasible near-term use cases such as carbon credit tracking or management of utility assets may offer more immediate returns than ventures seeking to fundamentally reshape electricity markets around peer-to-peer trading.
External News

Residential Solar Power Purchasing Tipping Points Found

Researchers have looked at historical buying patterns across multiple countries and U.S. states, and found that starting near $1,000/kW of net present value broader uptake of residential solar begins, at $3,000/kW the market is really overheating, and at $7,000/kW it’s projected that 50% of viable home owners would be financially motivated to adopt solar power.
Commentary

2020 Outlook: Utilities Will Be Pushed to Further Embrace Distributed Energy Resources

Now, in states from New York to California, the focus of the conversation has moved from: How can utilities weather the shift toward distributed energy without suffering big losses? to: How can utilities, their customers and the electric grid as a whole best harness the benefits of distributed energy resources?
Reports

The Role of Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Kenya’s Electricity Sector

This report synthesizes available analyses on the role and potential of mini-grids in Kenya and explores how this technology can help the country attain its goal of universal electrification by 2022 and also contribute to the achievement of other related development objectives.
Commentary

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion With DERs, But Regulations Must Change

A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance identified two ways distributed energy resources can reduce costs: act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution ($2.45 billion over ten years), and decrease peak energy costs in the wholesale market which is worth $3.01 billion.
External News

Fact Sheet: Mini-Grids Set for 60% Cost Decline

A study by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) shows how through cost reductions, rural mini-grids can quickly scale as a commercially viable business model to provide access to millions of people and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa.
Reports

Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation for Resilience: Withstanding Grid Outages for Less

To better prepare for future disruptions, state and local governments are reducing the electric demand of their critical operations through energy efficiency, as well as making new investments in microgrids with distributed generation to ensure continuous electric supply during extended grid outages to power critical facilities.
Storm damage in Puerto Rico

Damaged distribution lines in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria / Western Area Power / CC BY 2.0

Leveraging Smart Contracts for Peer-to-Peer Solar Financing in Puerto Rico

“Smart” contracts leverage blockchain technology to streamline and automate many of the most technical and time-consuming financial and logistical steps in smaller-scale solar development. Furthermore, smart contracts integrate peer-to-peer financial mechanisms, tapping into new capital pools for small and distributed renewable systems.