Distributed power generation, also known as on-site generation and distributed energy resources (DER) is the production of electricity utilizing smaller power generation technologies located at, or close to the point where the power will be used. These power generation technologies operate on a multitude of energy sources such as natural gas, methane gas, wellhead gas, wind and solar.
PRIMARY MARKETS FOR DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES
Industrial, Commercial, Universities, Hospitals, & Military Bases
All these listed and more are examples of where DER can be fully and successfully implemented. In most cases, installing DER system can reduce monthly utility expenses while providing increased security of delivery and reliability. Industrial and large commercial customers will also eliminate demand on the regional grid thereby lessening strain.
Hospitals benefit from securing their own source of uninterrupted electricity that is vital to all medical institutions as lives literally depend on it. Lowering electricity costs is also a key benefit to the ever cash strapped medical institutions.
Universities benefit not only from lower electricity costs but DER makes it possible to link college and university campuses together through microgrid technology ensuring total ‘islanding’ of the electricity generation and flow.
Military Bases have key concerns around security and reliability. With DER a military base can implement an entire microgrid system that is not susceptible to hackers and are able to ensure their own generation feedstock(s).