Regulatory Environment for Small Independent Micro-grid Companies."
M. Granger Morgan and Hisham Zerriffi.
New technology, including low cost solid-state electronic sensors, control
systems and power electronics, as well as cost-effective distributed
co-generation technology, holds the potential to open new commercial
opportunities for micro-grids that would operate on a small-scale underneath
traditional regulated distribution utilities. What is the regulatory
environment that would be faced by non-utility parties that might wish to
develop and run small micro-grids that contain distributed generation? In the
spring of 2002, this question was explored with a survey administered to eight
current and former state utility regulators who serve on the EPRI Advisory
Board. The survey outlined several different business models under which a
small micro-grid might be operated, and asked similar questions in each case.
The results show that small commercial micro-grids with distributed generation
in an unregulated competitive environment underneath traditional distribution
systems, face large regulatory barriers in much of the U.S. today. Micro-grids
operated as co-ops appear to face similar, though somewhat smaller, barriers.
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