Distributed Energy Sources/Resources (DES/DER) – Some Reality Checks
- Oct 23, 2020 11:44 pm GMT
This item is part of the Distributed Energy Resources - Fall 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Written by: Dr. Alexander Cannara & Paul Acchione, P. Eng., FCAE
Electricity is unique in that we can’t tell where the electric field at our home/commercial system interface comes from – electricity is a fungible resource, unlike water or other utilities and services that arrive with readable/testable tags or via traceable plumbing.
Sadly, this natural anonymity serves the unscrupulous. For instance, Berkshire-Hathaway Energy can serve far northern California and southern Oregon with wind, hydro and coal (via its Pacificorp subsidiary) power. Those customers caring about their electricity-source mix have no idea of the true source(s) of their electricity.
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