Integration of Distributed Generation into the Electric Power System
October 22, 2010
Abstract: While distributed generation, which includes technologies such as solar photovoltaic arrays, fuel cells, and microturbine generators, can provide benefits to the customer, environment and electric utility, the fundamental paradigm for connection with the electric system is unknown. A major hurdle to the installation of these generators is that the existing electric distribution system is built and operated using a set of assumptions that can be invalidated with distributed generation. Thus the generator can cause power quality issues and conflict with utility operation of the system. Possible challenges are presented along with mitigation strategies for the successful near-term deployment of distributed generation.