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As yesterday’s grid of centralized generation transforms into tomorrow’s grid filled with distributed and renewable resources, a great increase in the amount of flexible power sources and quick dispatch power will be essential. Utilities are increasingly looking for quick-starting and dispatchable assets for things like grid frequency firming and demand response. Demand response programs in particular continue to grow in type, definition and monetary benefit. Generac’s broad array EPA-certified non-emergency natural gas generators are ideally positioned to positioned to capitalize on these opportunities.
Microgrids represent one of the fastest growing applications of generation technology today. A microgrid is a grouping of distributed generation assets that can usually operate in both grid-synchronous and island modes. The technology choices used in microgrids can vary heavily by scale, definition and geography, but the need for confident resiliency that can be provided by a fossil-fueled generator is consistent. Generac’s flexible natural gas, propane, diesel and biofuel generators can fill this critical need and provide for 100% microgrid reliability.
Today the centralized power provided by the utility cannot always be relied on in terms of grid stress, and utilities are increasingly charging peaking surcharges to help pay for infrastructure projects. BTM generation allows the power consumer to not only have resiliency in case of an outage, but allows for lowering of power demand that is needed from the grid. The cutting of either daily or 4- 5 times per year peaks can serve to help you control your grid usage and peak surcharges. Peak avoidance can be a very effective tool in financial justification for a generator.
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