CHAPTER 4

Model 2: Distributed Renewable Energy Resources

In the previous chapter, we explored the development of grid-scale renewable energy projects. These large-scale projects, however, are no longer the only option. Remember Edison’s original concept of decentralized generators? We may be coming around to his original plan in the second model of renewable energy development: On-site Power Generation.

Thanks to an increased interest in renewable energy production, and energy policies like the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA), energy systems at the site of consumption are rivaling the traditional monopoly of utilities.

PURPA passed in 1978 in the U.S. to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to promote domestic energy production. ...

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