California Adopts Plan on Renewables and DGJuly 25, 2002 by Jeff Shepard
The California Energy Commission (CEC, Sacramento, CA) has released its report on renewables and distributed generation (DG) entitled, "Distributed Generation Strategic Plan." The report identifies the major barriers hindering deployment of DG and suggests goals for the CEC, including raising consumer awareness by creating a central repository of information that would be used to evaluate market penetration of DG and to forecast growth of DG markets.
The strategic plan of the US Department of Energy states that DG should represent 20 percent of new electric capacity additions by 2010 across the country. The report also states that institutional and regulatory barriers must be addressed if they interfere with the purchase or operation of DG facilities, while financial and tax incentives should be provided to encourage voluntary deployment.
The report can be accesseed online at http://www.energy.ca.gov/reports/2002-06-12_700-02-002.PDF