911 Legislative and Regulatory Opportunities

The operational framework for DG requires that statutes and rules define the rules of the road; otherwise, DG will have a disadvantage in the marketplace. Therefore, legislative action at the state and federal level is required and, as referenced earlier, is taking place. Once the legislative framework is in place, a policy decision by legislators is made. This provides the legal framework that allows the administrative agency, such as the PUC, to establish rules and regulations, tackling the details that the legislation did not, as a practical matter, address. The Distributed Power Coalition of America states that the benefits of DG to utilities include saving money on transmission and distribution substation costs by deferring more costly traditional investments. They also state that there are environmental benefits to utilities through emission credits, including SO2 emission offsets, NOx emissions-avoided control costs, or emissions offsets. The coalition also quantifies new business opportunities in the areas of cogeneration and enhanced reliability. Additionally, the coalition identifies the opportunity for utilities using distributed power to add small capacity increments instead of large ones, by requiring only low capital investments and by enjoying short lead times to construct a facility. All of these proposed benefits, if they can be quantified to exist as stated, are sure to be of keen interest to electric regulators.

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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