Distributed Energy

Renewable and fossil-fueled distributed generation technologies and policy, small-scale generation, user-generated power, microgrids

Germany’s Energy Transition Experiment
Germany’s Energy Transition Experiment

Germany has chosen to transform its energy system within a few decades—an ambition that has evoked equal admiration and confusion. Has Europe’s largest economy embarked on a rational path to…



Distributed Generation: California’s Future
Distributed Generation: California’s Future

Once you synthesize all the elements of the Golden State’s clean energy strategy and extrapolate current trends, it’s easy to see that an impending break with the traditional power generation…


Is CHP Ready for Prime Time?

Last month, as Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast and knocked out power for much of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, there were a few islands of relative stability. As New…


Feds and States Join Forces to Push CHP

Courtesy: Bilfinger Berger Group Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, has long been a niche generation resource in the U.S., largely confined to industries needing a reliable…


Improving Grid Resiliency After Superstorm Sandy

The beating our electrical infrastructure endured during Superstorm Sandy was severe. While the centralized power plants in affected regions survived relatively unscathed, the systems that connect to them did not.…