Distributed generation can help the grid deliver clean and reliable power to more customers, as well as reduce the loss of electricity along distribution and transmission lines. Today, there are over 12 million distributed generation units in the United States. Want to know more? Read on.
The term refers to technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and combined heat and power, that generate electricity either at the site where it will be used, or nearby. Distributed generation can serve a single home or business, or it can be part of a microgrid at an industrial facility, college campus, military base, etc. It helps the grid when it’s connected to the electric utility’s lower voltage distribution lines.
The benefits of distributed generation
Costs for distributed energy resources (DERs) have been declining rapidly in recent years. This means that they have become a key component in offering cost-competitive power across the grid.
DERs are part of the smart home revolution as well. Many of them improve grid functionality by offering opportunities for added energy savings and chances to participate in demand response programs.
Help during outages
During a power outage due to severe storms or a high energy use day, DERs can provide energy to consumers.