Transmission Asset Optimization (and) A Contrarian View of the Future of Distributed Generation vs. Central Station Generation

June 5, 2000 - 10:00am

This was a two part seminar: Part One: Transmission Asset Optimization Presentation of latest technology developments that can increase the flow of power over todays transmission lines, thus potentially reducing total costs for transmitting power, while improving transmission reliability. Technologies discussed include FACTs devices, energy storage, etc.) Part Two: A Contrarian View of the Future of Distributed Generation vs. Central Station Generation: There have been a lot claims and hype concerning the relative competitive position in the future of distributed generation (DG) producing electricity directly supplied to customers (cogeneration options are ignored because in most cases these are clearly competitive depending on the demand factor for the by-product steam) versus the transmission and distribution of electricity from central station generation (CSG) power plants. This paper independently evaluates all of these claims. The relative competitive economics, profitability, and environmental impacts of different DG technologies (micro-turbines, internal combustion engines or ICE, fuel cells, etc.) are evaluated relative to the transmission and distribution of electricity from large CSG options. For more information about this seminar, please contact: David Faulkner(510) 486-7326

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