Distributed Energy Generation Future or Fantasy?

MIT Club of Northern California Energy & Clean Tech Series


Silicon Valley Bank
3005 Tasman Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Please join us at Silicon Valley Bank for an exploration of the efficacy of distributed energy generation in California based on regional policy and the economics of proposed solutions.

As part of California’s 33% renewable electricity portfolio standard, Governor Brown established a goal of 12,000 MW of renewable generation at customer sites, e.g. roof-top solar, or connected to the lower voltage electrical grid. These Distributed Generation (DG) facilities avoid some for the permitting and capacity problems of large-scale, transmission-connected projects and offer reduced electrical losses, avoidance of new substations, easier permitting, and local economic benefits.

However, the electrical distribution system of today was not designed from either a technical or regulatory perspective for two-way power flows. As the Smart Grid is implemented many technical issues will be resolved, but other questions regarding access to the grid and establishing fair and sustainable rates for users of the distribution grid will remain.

  • Is the governor’s goal, with DG becoming a significant percentage of California’s electricity supply, reasonable, possible, or event desirable?
  • What new technologies, hardware, monitoring and control systems, and other products are required to allow a Smart Grid to accept and benefit from increased DG?
  • With increased DG, what changes to the existing rate structures and utility business models are required for a sustainable and equitable electrical supply system?
  • Speakers:

  •  Dian Grueneich – Partner, Morrison & Foerster
  •  Bryan Hannegan – Vice President, EPRI
  •  Craig Lewis – Exec Director, Clean Energy Coalition
  •  David Hume – VP, San Diego Gas & Electric

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