DG’s Future Bright; $10 Million For R&D
Distributed generation will be a $5 billion market in 2001—growing at 10 to 20 percent a year—according to a report from the Bridge News Service. Doug Herman, Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), agrees with “analysts’ estimates that [the DG market] could grow to be a $30-billion-a-year market by 2010.”
On a separate note, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has established a new Distributed Energy Resources Center. The goal: “conduct research and provide information needed to efficiently develop additional power suppliers from relatively small, decentralized generating units, ideally operated at or near commercial and residential sites they serve.”
The Center will have a $10 million budget for the fiscal year that started October 1, 2000, including funds for a new facility that will test methods and equipment for interconnecting distributed-power systems.
From Pure Power, Summer 2001.