Preparing for your distributed future

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: Everywhere I go, utilities and the vendors who serve them are talking about the advent of distributed generation. They all agree that DG will be a disruptive force, even if they disagree how quickly it will hit critical mass.

 

Your future is a distributed one, so it's not too soon to start thinking through the implications for your utility and for your own career. That's why I thought you might like to see the DG primer authored by GE's John McDonald, a distinguished member of IEEE's Power Engineering Society. I've summarized some of his key points below, or read his full article at Renew-Grid.com. - By Jesse Berst

 

We can define distributed generation (DG) as generation resources on the distribution grid. It most commonly takes the form of diesel generators or rooftop solar.

 

The three DG benefits most highly valued by smart grid executives are:

·         Adding supply where needed

·         Reducing costs

·         Improving reliability

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