Ensuring Reliable Electricity Supplies Using Distributed Generation. Gregory Tress Carnegie Mellon University. Overview. Introduction The Power Grid Power Disruptions Infrastructure Issues Distributed Generation Solutions. Introduction. What is distributed generation? EPA definition:
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“Small, modular, decentralized, grid-connected or off-grid energy systems located in or near the place where energy is used.”
What is the problem? Generation
We are addicted to electricityIntroduction
DistributionThe Power Grid
The classic model
High power flow
in transmission lines
What can distributed generation do?
Maximum transmission capacity
-- National Commission on Energy Policy
… but at what cost?