Miscellaneous/Distributed Generation 031003

Distributed Generation
(Sept. 2003) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Standard IEEE 1547, “Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems,” addresses the performance, operation, testing and safety of interconnection products and services.  This Standard can now be used in legislation and rulemaking, and by utilities in developing technical requirements for interconnection agreements.  Members of the working group who created this standard were manufacturers of electrical components, fuel cells, photovoltaics, gas turbine and diesel generations as well as those from utilities, government laboratories, and state and federal governments.  After the August blackout across Northeastern states and parts of Canada, organizations such as the Fuel Cell Council encouraged  Governors to adopt the IEEE standard in their respective states.  Distributed generation technologies can help states begin to address the challenge of satisfying electric demand for such critical loads, by providing flexibility in siting these technologies where they do not require additional high Voltage transmission lines.