24 Feb '14, 4pm

Distributed Generation Complicates Resource Planning for Utilities

Distributed Generation Complicates Resource Planning for Utilities

“Even in Virginia, where the sun doesn’t shine like it does in Arizona,” and rates are relatively low, more customers are choosing to produce power during daylight hours via rooftop solar, said David Shuford of Dominion Resource Services. Shuford, the company’s vice president of policy and business evaluation, said this further complicates utility integrated resource planning. Regulated utilities already use an analytical “crystal ball” to predict population growth and economic trends. Now, however, utilities also have to estimate how many people in their regulated territory might employ distributed generation through rooftop solar in coming years. Shuford appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as part of a presentation sponsored by ICF International, a technology, policy and management consulting firm. ICF dubbed the presentation, “Barbarians at the Gates...

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