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Accession Number PB2013-111132
Title Distributed Generation System Characteristics and Costs in the Buildings Sector.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 181p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Distributed generation in the residential and commercial buildings sectors refers to the on-site generation of energy, often electricity from renewable energy systems such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and small wind turbines. Many factors influence the market for distributed generation, including government policies at the local, state, and federal level, and project costs, which vary significantly depending on time, location, size, and application. As relatively new technologies on the globalized production market, PV and small wind are experiencing significant cost changes through technological progress and economies of scale. The current and future equipment costs of renewable distributed generation are subject to uncertainty. As part of the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), EIA updates its projections to reflect the most current publicly-available historical cost data and utilizes multiple third-party estimates of future costs in the near and long terms. Performance data is likewise based on currently available technology and expert projections of future technologies.
Keywords Buildings
Electric distrubuted systems
Government policies
Renewable energy sources
Solar energy
Technology assessment
Wind turbines

Source Agency Energy Information Administration
NTIS Subject Category 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
43E - Energy
89B - Architectural Design & Environmental Engineering
Corporate Author Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Independent Statistics and Analysis.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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