Major Evolution of the Utility Paradigm
- Mar 15, 2021 3:03 pm GMT
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The electric utility industry has operated under the paradigm that big generators are sufficiently more efficient than small generators to justify the considerable expense of the T&D network required to get their energy to widely distributed loads. This has been the case since Tesla and Westinghouse invented the modern electric utility industry (to a lesser extent Edison, who actually invented DC microgrids). But what if this was not true, at least in some cases?
The answer to the above question appears to be: this assumption is no longer true in limited cases, and this will start an evolution of the grid’s structure.
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