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Distributed generation: definition, benefits and issues

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  • Guido Pepermans

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    (K.U.Leuven, C.E.S. and Energy Institute)

  • Johan Driesen

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    (K.U.Leuven Energy Institute)

  • Dries Haeseldonckx

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    (K.U.Leuven Energy Institute)

Abstract

This paper starts from the observation that there is a renewed interest in small-scale electricity generation. The authors start with a survey of existing small-scale generation technologies and then move on with a discussion of the major benefits and issues of small-scale electricity generation. Different technologies are evaluated in terms of their possible contribution to the listed benefits and issues. Small-scale generation is also commonly called distributed generation, embedded generation or decentralised generation. In a final section, an attempt is made to define the latter concepts more precisely. It appears that there is no consensus on a precise definition as the concept encompasses many technologies and applications.

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Energy, Transport and Environment in its series Energy, Transport and Environment Working Papers Series with number ete0308.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ete:etewps:ete0308

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Keywords: Distributed generation; embedded generation; electricity;

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  1. Frayer, Julia & Uludere, Nazli Z., 2001. "What Is It Worth? Application of Real Options Theory to the Valuation of Generation Assets," The Electricity Journal, Elsevier, vol. 14(8), pages 40-51, October.
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