The benefits of distributed generation are undisputed. The Clean Energy Coalition lists a few of them: the economic benefits of clean energy production, the leveraging of private investment dollars to meet community goals, the reduction of electric bills for ratepayers, the ability to achieve national, state, or local climate & sustainability targets, and to provide a safer and more resilient energy infrastructure. The growth of distributed generation is undeniable: according to a report by Pike Research, the market could expand up to 85% between 2011-2016 given a favorable regulatory environment, with the share of renewable energy in the mix growing rapidly as well. The McKinsey Report,Solar Power: Darkest Before Dawn, estimates that global demand for distributed generation in the residential and commercial sectors will be between 150 and 250 GW in 2020.
In this meeting, we bring together developers, utilities, and policymakers to find synergies in the impending growth of clean distributed generation.
What are some examples of current utility PPA structures that favor renewable distributed generation?
What are the long term steps that utilities are taking to handle larger amounts of distributed generation?
In New York, what percent of the utility portfolio can safely be generated by distributed sources?
What reliability measures are needed for the transmission of increased levels of distributed generation?