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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


Options for Emissions, Noise, and Fuel Handling [On-site Generation]

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Ed Ritchie.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/articles/27099.aspx

"Onsite energy continues to prove itself as an economical and sustainable solution for businesses and institutions. But as it grows in popularity, the marketplace and government agencies are adding regulations for noise, emissions, and fuel handling. In the past such requirements would have slowed progress, but today there’s good news from a variety of manufacturers that have developed innovative solutions to these market challenges."

Advancing Microturbine Technology: A Small Package, Turbocharged

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Jul/Aug 2014, by David Dewis.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-4/features/advancing-microturbine-technology-a-small-package-turbocharged.html

"Advanced microturbine technology with an intercooled and recuperated (ICR) cycle can deliver efficiency and low emissions at a competitive price. Now in the testing stage, ICR microturbines will be the foundation for the next generation of clean and efficient distributed generation, writes David Dewis."

Combined Heat and Power and Clean Distributed Energy Policies

American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), July 2, 2014, by Anna Chittum and Neal Elliott. (Free registration required to view full-text of report.)
http://www.aceee.org/policy-brief/combined-heat-and-power-and-clean-distributed-energy-poli

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but a particular way to deploy existing technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, so CHP systems are more efficient and provide environmental, economic, and energy system infrastructure benefits. However, several barriers impede cost-effective CHP applications, including lack of common interconnection protocols, discriminatory standby rates, and emissions regulations that do not recognize the improved efficiency levels of CHP systems."

PURPA: It’s Not Just for IOUs Anymore

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Richard Lorenz. (Scroll to page 18.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"There may be a misconception in our region that PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) only applies to investor-owned electric utilities that are subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). However, this is not the case."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy

RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute, May 2014, by Leia Guccione.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2014_05_22_owning_your_own_power_plant

"...it’s not that far-fetched to imagine a day when large segments of customers choose to go mostly or even entirely off-grid with clean, quiet, distributed solar-plus-battery systems. In fact, could owning your own power plant become as convenient and practical—if not quite as ubiquitous—as the consumer appliances and electronics already so commonplace that we take them for granted in our daily lives—a refrigerator, a clothes dryer, or a computer?"

The Value of the Integrated Grid

Electric Perspectives, May/Jun 2014, by Michael W. Howard.
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/frame.php?i=207808&p=38&pn=&ver=flex

"EPRI's recent report on the future of the electric power system highlights the need to integrate distributed energy resources with the planning and operation of the grid."

David Crane and the Coming Electric Utility Apocalypse

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/david-crane-and-the-coming-electric-utility-apocalypse/

"The hyperbole in the headline comes not from the author but from those nipping at the heels of the traditional electric utility industry. Hyperbole aside, several recent and likely future developments have set the stage for a new set of industry players" such as net-metering, distributed generation, demand-side management, government incentives, etc.

Daniel Yergin on the Next Energy Revolution

McKinsey Quarterly Commentary, April 2014.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/
daniel_yergin_on_the_next_energy_revolution


"The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises."

Community Solar Offers a New Path Forward in Growing Distributed Generation with Customers

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, Apr. 2014, by Genevieve Liang. (Scroll or jump to page 15 of the PDF.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1701

"As solar energy becomes more mainstream in the public awareness, American utilities both large and small are trying to determine how to best incorporate solar into their resource mix, and how to handle the pathways via which consumers are adopting and using solar.

The looming question that is becoming more dominant in electric utility managers’ minds is: How can we actively engage with our customers and serve as their go-to source for solar, rather than being sidelined in this important conversation?"

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