Sign up | Login with →

distributed generation

How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?

June 23, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Distributed Generation Planning

In the U.S., residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11% over the previous quarter: In those states where residential solar is taking hold, there are mounting concerns that rate structures currently in place to support residential PV will result in adopters bearing less than their fair share of system costs.[read more]

Is the Future of Electricity Generation Really Distributed?

May 6, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

The Future of Energy

Renewables have made outstanding progress in the last decade. And yet, just as these exciting changes are taking place, the renewables movement seems to be shifting its focus to something that has little or no connection to the fundamental environmental goals: distributed generation, particularly at the residential level.[read more]


#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

Power Grid of the Future: Distributed Generation Led by a 'Civic' Energy Sector

March 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Future Grid Planning

“What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but was instead led by civil society?” asks Dr. Stephen Hall, a Research Fellow in energy economics and policy at the University of Leeds, UK.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Distributed Generation Needed to Strengthen Power Grid

March 5, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Distributed Generation and the Grid

The electric power grid is based on an outdated hub-and-spoke architecture of centralized power production and distribution through transmission wires. This system is highly vulnerable to attacks at multiple points, and failures at critical nodes could create cascading failures and widespread power outages.[read more]

How Community Solar Can Increase Customer Access to Distributed Solar PV

February 16, 2015 by Mathias Bell

What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your own roof. This is where approaches for increasing customer access, such as shared solar, come in.[read more]


How to Regulate the Electricity Distribution Utility of the Future

February 4, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Future Utilities and Regulation

Regulators need new and more effective tools that will allow them to manage greater uncertainty and incentivize electricity distribution utilities to both accommodate distributed energy resources and take advantage of the capabilities these new technologies provide.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans

Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

A Look at SCE's Procurement of Distributed Generation to Fill the Nuclear Gap

December 5, 2014 by Jeff St. John

SCE, Distributed Generation, and Nuclear

With hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar power, energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency, SCE wants to manage local grid constraints, reduce carbon emissions, and test the ability of targeted, customer-sited and distributed assets to meet the needs traditionally filled by central power plants.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation with Storage and Demand Response?

October 6, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Distributed Generation and Demand Response

This article will take a deep and fundamental look at the potential of distributed storage and demand response to enhance the potential of distributed generation. Utility scale storage and demand response will also be assessed for comparative purposes.[read more]

The Politics of Distributed Generation

September 29, 2014 by James Greenberger

Properly understood, and properly represented, wealthier and better informed consumers are using distributed solar and behind the meter storage to do what they have been trying to do for years with other technologies: use electricity more efficiently and reduce their energy costs.[read more]


Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

The Minimum Bill: A First Step to Fair Utility Rates in a Distributed Energy Age

September 16, 2014 by Jim Kennerly

Distributed Energy and Utility Rates

Are utility business models facing long-term disruptive change? In recent years, declining solar costs have made this a question of when, not if. Thus, utilities in leading solar PV markets are attempting to buy enough time to retool their strategies.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

5 Key Proposals for New York's Grid Transformation

September 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

New York’s has provided details of how it plans to transform the state’s electric grid and energy markets, with proposals to turn the state’s utilities into distributed system platform providers, identify use cases for replacing grid upgrades with distributed generation, and create open markets for third-party competition.[read more]