Distributed energy policies

A supporting regulatory environment is critical for the deployment of distributed energy including heat and power generation based on renewable energy. It helps overcome any existing biases by incumbents against the introduction of active network management. In addition, it can help reduce any additional costs of operation that the introduction of distributed generation (DG) might bring on the system, at least initially.

In practice, depending on the level of privatisation reached, there are major differences in the association between a city authority, the utilities serving the city, and the gas, heat and electricity distribution networks. Larger cities may own or part-own the utility as well as the distribution companies. In this instance seeking benefits for their residents from improved energy efficiency, load management measures, and distributed energy is relatively easy compared with dealing with state or privately-owned companies where profit is the major driver. This issue is not dealt with in detail here, but analyses of the complexities can be found elsewhere, such as in the IEA publication Distributed Generation in Liberalised Electricity Markets (IEA, 2002).

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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