Distributed Generation: A Key Component of a Sustainable Strategy

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Aug 2, 2019 12:03:41 PM

Facing ever-fluctuating energy prices, aging electrical grids and increasing concern for the environment, more businesses and facilities are turning to distributed generation as a key component of a successful overall energy strategy.

The traditional electric power paradigm relies upon centralized, large-scale combustion or nuclear power plants located far from the end users of power. In contrast, distributed generation uses small-scale technologies to produce electricity at or near the end user. Distributed energy can come from onsite generation sources like solar panels, wind turbines and combined heat and power (CHP).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “…when connected to the electric utility’s lower voltage distribution lines, distributed generation can help support delivery of clean, reliable power to additional customers and reduce electricity losses among transmission and distribution lines.”

Three ways we can help your facility with distributed generation

Groom Energy is uniquely positioned to assess your current and future energy needs, recommend and install solutions that will reduce your reliance upon the costly and aging traditional power grid and help you meet your sustainability goals.

  1. By reducing your consumption through energy-efficient solutions, you’ll immediately reduce costs, pushing you closer to your onsite storage and sustainability goals. Where facility integrity and local electric rates support positive economics, we can leverage our affiliate partnerships and install onsite generation like solar and CHP. These partnerships can provide options for sourcing the energy requirements not met by the previous steps, including renewable energy sources.
  2. We’re expert navigators, guiding you through the maze of shifting tax policies and incentives that govern the accounting for distributed energy. Because of high upfront capital costs, onsite generation has traditionally involved project financing like the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) structures, which can receive off balance sheet tax and accounting treatment. New tax policies as of January 2019 have grown more stringent, but we can provide financial structures that meet those requirements. Lease options are also available, even when credit is an issue.
  3. The electrical vehicle (EV) charging market has exploded. More and more individuals, private companies and government facilities are adopting EVs to reduce their carbon emissions. The EV charging market will expand at the same time. Offering EV charging to environmentally conscious customers can be a terrific marketing opportunity for industries like hospitality and retail. EV charging can add to energy bills, but distributed energy like solar or batteries can counteract demand charge spikes. We can perform a detailed analysis of all energy sources on your bill and make recommendations that will curb your costs.

With distributed energy, you can free your facility from overdependence on aging, faulty grids and peak-time prices, all while hitting your sustainability goals. We provide proactive, remote control of efficient energy consuming systems without adverse impact to your occupants or operations. We’re your partners on the development of a comprehensive energy management plan. Get started with an energy assessment today.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Energy Managed Services, EVs, Measurement and Verification, Combined Heat & Power, Power Purchase Agreement, Energy Cost, Renewable Energy