Electric Vehicles – A distributed energy resource?
- Aug 26, 2019 12:06 am GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-09 - Distributed Energy Resources, click here for more
The growth of renewable energy has expanded the focus on distributed energy worldwide. The United States has benefited from low natural gas prices which has improved the small-scale gas-fired generation market, but none of these areas match the volume of distributed renewable installations, primarily solar PV. Many readers, including the author, may already be owners of residential solar panels. The retail segment must be considered in any distributed energy analysis due to the installation volume, consistently adding 500-600 MW per quarter1, since 2016. This is an important shift in the power generation segment as this is the first time that direct end-user investment is having a significant impact on what has historically been an industrial and utility segment. This investment is highly supported by state and federal incentives but even with this support, this must be seen as a willingness to participate in an industry that previously was invisible to most consumers. There are 2 million solar installations now (2019) and studies project this to grow to 4 million in 2023. Many of these are not residential, but most are!
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