Challenges with the Implementation of Distributed Generation in Emerging Markets

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Author(s) Jonathan O. Lawani | Kelechi C. Emerole | Linus E. Imhomoh
Pages 543-546
Volume 5
Issue 10
Date October, 2015
Keywords Distribution, Electricity, Technology, Generator, Wind, Biomass, Technical, Transmission


Distributed generation (DG) has witnessed rapid growth over the years both in developed and developing countries. This rapid increment in the use (implementation) of DG is due to its numerous benefits. Amongst these many benefits is the elimination of the costs and losses associated with transmissions lines since DG is directly connected to the distribution network. The connection of DG to the distribution network (which was designed solely for distribution of electricity) challenged the traditional approach to system operation and planning developed over the last centuries. The characteristics and cost of the technology used for implementing the DG, the characteristics of the local distribution network, the existing policies in the country, site availability, etc. all form part of these challenges. This work attempts to identify and broadly classified these challenges into commercial, regulations and technical challenges. It is concluded that for the full benefits of DG to be realised in the modern day distribution network, new commercial and technical arrangements should be developed to make the use of DG more cost effective and there should be a policy (which assigns responsibilities and allow budget for implementing innovative solutions for active network management) that encourages the integration of DG into the network.

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