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Pros and Cons of Distributed Generation

by chris@pkwydigital.com 12. November 2019 07:05

What is Distributed Generation?

Distributed generation, also called on-site generation, involves generation of electricity from sources located near the consumer. This is instead of centralized generation sources, such as large power plants. Distributed generation reduces the amount of energy lost during transmission because the electricity is generated near the point of consumption.

A distributed generation system is designed to employ small-scale power generation technologies to produce electricity close to the end consumers of the power. They meet local peak loads and reduce the size and amount of power lines that need to be built.

Pros of Distributed Generation

  1. There’s more efficiency and less waste involved than centralized generation sources because the generators are closer to the consumers of the energy.
  2. Distributed energy generation can be used to generate electricity at homes and businesses using renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.
  3. Distributed generation systems are far more reliable than centralized generation systems because multiple small microgrid units are less likely to fail simultaneously than a single large unit. Additionally, the consequences of failure are much less significant for a small unit than a large unit.

Cons of Distributed Generation

  1. Distributed generation single units take up space and are located closer to the consumers, so they may cause land-use concerns and be displeasing to the eye.
  2. Microgrids have many regulations that can be difficult to comply with. For example, cybersecurity is a major regulatory issue that a microgrid owner must be aware of when collecting personal information from individuals.
  3. Distributed generation systems that involve burning fossil fuels can produce the same types of impacts as larger fossil-fuel-powered plants on a smaller scale, but closer to a populated area.

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