Energy, Utilities & Chemicals the way we do it Distributed Generation: Giving Customers a Choice in Energy Sources On a traditional power grid, energy On a smart grid with distributed generation and distribution were generation, energy can be generated relatively simple. The generator close to the point of use. Those who produced electricity at a plant, and the produce this power have the option transmission system carried electricity to “resell” it to the utility, and this from the plant to substations. At the exchange represents a new way to substation, the voltage was reduced and generate and distribute energy and electricity continued to travel through a new kind of relationship between the distribution system, where utilities and customers. transformers converted it into the voltage used by customers. At the Hybrid Systems Combine customer’s site, electricity passed Renewable and Traditional through the meter, which recorded Energy Sources usage as electricity was consumed. Solar, wind, and thermal energy are renewable sources that can generate Energy flow was essentially one way. energy “close to point of use.” Unlike With distributed generation, a generator major power stations, technology installed “behind the meter” provides for generating energy from power. If there is an outage, or when renewable resources power prices peak, users can “go off grid” and use a private generator to produce power. With access to distributed generation resources within a smart grid, utilities can configure existing systems to meet peakpower needs and diversify the rangeof energy resources to increase the reliability of energy flow.