Distributed Power in the United States: Prospects and Policies

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Scholars from the Brookings Institution's Energy Security Initiative and the Hoover Institution's Task Force on Energy Policy offer recommendations for ensuring the security and sustainability of our electricity system now and for future generations through the greater deployment of distributed power systems (DPS). Their report provides a comprehensive survey of the current technology and policy landscape of DPS and offers suggestions for its most effective use, along with warnings on its possible pitfalls.

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The US power system is the backbone of the country's economy. Yet, with growing stress on the aging electricity grid, increasing integration of information technology with power-sector infrastructure, and an imperative to reduce the environmental impact of power generation, the system faces an unprecedented range of economic, environmental, and security-related challenges. Designed for the supplies and demands of the twentieth century, the current electric grid requires substantial investment to continue to provide reliable power for a growing, electricity-dependent population. The situation has brought about a growing interest in the potential for distributed power systems (DPS), a combination of distributed generation sources and distributed grid storage. This study looks at the role and potential for DPS, examining costs, benefits, policies, and regulations.

The contributors find that increased penetration of DPS can make a significant contribution to the US power system. They also make a strong case for the security value of DPS, both as a means of decreasing the vulnerability of the civilian grid to disruption and attack and as a resource for the defensive and offensive operations of the US military. Unfortunately, power-sector stakeholders agree that existing economic models do not recognize the full range of potential benefits that DPS can provide. This study suggests how federal and state policy makers can better capture the economic, environmental, and energy security benefits of DPS by implementing policies that correct market failures, provide incentives, remove barriers, and promote  exchange of information and education.

DPS offers the potential for more reliable, secure, and green energy. At the same time, possible pitfalls related to DPS use must be seriously and realistically addressed before we make a major commitment to a distributed energy future. As policy makers strive to meet the challenges of the power sector in the twenty-first century in an economic and environmentally responsible way, this report provides them with a set of options for realizing that potential.

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Jeremy Carl is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, whose work focuses on energy and environmental policy, with an emphasis on energy security, climate policy, and global fossil fuel markets. In addition, he writes extensively on US-India relations and Indian politics. George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in business. He lives in San Francisco. Strobe Talbott is a foreign policy analyst and a diplomat. He is a former Deputy Secretary of State and a former journalist with Time magazine, and he is the president of the Brookings Institution think tank. He lives in Washington, DC.

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