Emissions from Distributed Generation Sources Can DG Be Regulated to Ensure It is Efficiently and Cleanly Integrated Into Our Energy System? Julie Scanlon Chicago-Kent College of Law Energy Law, Spring 2004 Professor Fred Bosselman firstname.lastname@example.org. Imagine If We Had Known About This.
Emissions from Distributed Generation SourcesCan DG Be Regulated to Ensure It is Efficiently and Cleanly Integrated Into Our Energy System?Julie ScanlonChicago-Kent College of Law
Energy Law, Spring 2004
Professor Fred Bosselmanjascanlon@sbcglobal.net
1 kilowatt = 1,000 watts1 megawatt = 1 million watts or 1,000 kilowattsKilowatt-hour = unit of energy equivalent to the power of 1 kilowatt working for an hour and the rate at which we pay for our energy.
The Natural Gas Microturbine at UIC Generates 30kw, or 30,000 watts ~ about 1/30 of a megawattContrasted With
Input standards measure emissions by fuel input into the plant:
Example: for every unit of fuel input, two units of pollutant are allowed. This disregards the amount of energy created by the amount of fuel input. One plant may create two units of energy from one unit of fuel, while a less efficient plant would only create one.
Output standards measure emissions by the units of energy produced:
Example: for every unit of energy produced, a unit of pollution may be emitted. The consequence being that a less efficient plant would require more fuel to create the same amount of energy, and more pollution control equipment to assure the plant complied with the output standard.
SUVs to emit more pollutants and use fuel less efficiently than they could
Standards that recognize the environmental benefits of efficiency