Distributed Power Forum Created
Representatives from 26 electric and natural gas industry organizations, power generation equipment manufacturers and the federal government have created a forum to examine the benefits of expanded use of distributed power generation in the increasingly competitive electric market. The Distributed Generation Forum members will evaluate the potential for distributed power generation–primarily naturalgas-based applications–to help energy-service providers identify cost-effective ways of meeting their customers` requirements. Onsite Energy Corp. and George C. Ford & Associates will assist the forum by analyzing the potential impact of electric industry restructuring trends on the distributed generation markets and evaluating market applications, equipment performance and cost targets related to electric industry deregulation.
“There is great potential for the distributed generation concept to offer a cost-effective means of meeting growing peak demands for a utility`s existing customers, while serving new commercial or industrial customers,” said Dan Kincaid, Gas Research Institute power generation business development manager and member of the steering committee that created the forum. “Though distributed generation has seen limited applications to date, the forum will seek to fully develop the economic and operational benefits for providers and distributors of electricity and their customers.”
Other forum participants include: Allison Engine Co., AlliedSignal Inc., Collaborative Advanced Gas Turbine Program-LLC, California Alliance for Distributed Energy Resources, Caterpillar Inc., Coltec Industries, The Consumers` Gas Company Ltd., Cummins-Onan, Distributed Power Coalition of America, Duke Power Co., Electric Power Research Institute, Elliott Energy Systems Inc., Illinois Power Co., International Fuel Cells Corp., Peco Energy Co., Southern California Edison Co., Southern California Gas Co., Solar Turbines Inc., Southwest Gas Corp., Transalta Utilities Corp., Union Electric Co., U.S. Department of Energy, Westinghouse Corp. and Woodward Governor Co. S