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Distributed generation (DG) and the American electric utility system: what is stopping it?
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 23:18 authored by Benjamin SovacoolBenjamin Sovacool
Despite the immense environmental, technical, and financial promise of distributed generation (DG) technologies, they still constitute a very small percentage of electricity capacity in the United States. This manuscript answers the apparently paradoxical question: Why do technologies that offer such impressive benefits also find the least use? Going beyond technical explanations of problems related to system control, higher capital costs, and environmental compliance, this paper focuses on sociotechnical barriers related to utility preferences, business practices, regulatory bias, and consumer values. The approach helps us understand the glossing over of DG technologies, and identifies the impediments that policymakers must overcome if they are to find wider use.
JournalJournal of Energy Resources Technology
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
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- SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit Publications
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