Distributed Power in the United States

Distributed Power in the United States

Prospects and Policies

Editor: Jeremy Carl   Contributors: John Banks, David Fedor, Kevin Massy, Pedram Mokrian, Jelena Simjanovic, David Slayton, Amy Guy Wagner, Lisa Wood
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1584-1
Publication Date: 3/6/2013

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ABOUT THE BOOK

THE FUTURE OF RELIABLE AND SECURE ELECTRIC POWER

Providing reliable and secure electric power to meet the growing demands of this century, and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, is a daunting challenge. The situation has given rise to increased interest in the potential for distributed power systems (DPS): a combination of distributed sources of power production and distributed energy storage. This study examines the economic, environmental, and energy security case for DPS.

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 DPS. Their report provides a comprehensive survey of the current technology and policy landscape of DPS and offers suggestions for its most effective use in civilian and military settings, along with warnings on its possible pitfalls. They discuss the current economic, environmental, and energy security costs and benefits of DPS, the policies and regulations currently in place to promote DPS and their effectiveness, the potential benefits of increased penetration of DPS and the barriers to achieving them, and what federal and state governments can do to further encourage DPS.

CONTRIBUTORS: John Banks, Jeremy Carl, David Fedor, Kevin Massy, Pedram Mokrian, Jelena Simjanovic, David Slayton, Amy Guy Wagner, Lisa Wood

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Carl Jeremy Carl is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. His work focuses on energy and environmental policy, with an emphasis on energy security and global fossil fuel markets. Before coming to Hoover, Carl was a research fellow at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford and a visiting fellow in resource and development economics at the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. His writing and expertise have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and many other publications. He holds degrees in history and public policy from Yale and Harvard Universities.

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"This book performs a real service in advancing our understanding of distributed power and the contribution it can make as we move to a more efficient clean energy economy."
Senator Jeff Bingaman, former chairman, US Senate Energy Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

"This book is an invaluable reference for policymakers, scholars, and businesses looking to understand the complex landscape of distributed power and the challenges and opportunities it presents in the new energy economy."
Andy Karsner, chairman, Manifest Energy, and former assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy (2006–8)

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Amy Guy Wagner

Amy Guy Wagner is senior consultant at Energy and Environmental Economics, E3, where she leads project work in its emerging technology practice with clients including BrightSource Energy, SunEdison, Electric Power Research Institute, and the California Public Utilities Commission. Her work includes utility valuation, strategic siting, transmission risk assessment, and investor support. Wagner also assisted Hawaiian Electric Company in its feed-in tariff proceeding, developing rates for small-scale wind, photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, and in-line hydro projects. She holds degrees in earth systems and energy policy and strategy from Stanford University




David Fedor

David Fedor is a research analyst on the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. He has worked in energy and the environment across China, Japan, and the United States. Formerly at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center and Stanford’s Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Fedor has also consulted for WWF China, the Asian Development Bank, and the Korea Energy Economics Institute. He holds degrees in earth systems from Stanford University.

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David Slayton

David Slayton is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, and co-chair of the Arctic Security Initiative. He was a national security affairs fellow from 2010 to 2011 and a visiting fellow from 2011 to 2012, during which time he was also engaged with legislative matters and national security policy development in Washington, DC.




Jelena Simjanovic

Jelena Simjanovic is emerging markets lead at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon and a former senior research assistant on the Hoover Institution's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. She specializes in energy and carbon markets and clean technology finance. Simjanovic has consulted on energy and climate issues in the United States, Europe, and Asia with the World Bank, Alliance to Save Energy, and the Claifornia Attorney General's Office. Fluent in four langauges, she holds degrees in energy and resources and in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.




Jeremy Carl

Jeremy Carl is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and a research Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University.



John Banks

John Banks is a nonresident fellow at the Energy Security Initative at Brookings. He specializes in working with governments, companies, and regualtor in establishing and strengthening policies, institutions, and regulatory frameworks that promote sustainable energy sectors, with a focus on emerging markets and electricity. Banks has worked in more than twenty countries. He is also an adjunct professor for electricity markets at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and for energy policy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.




Kevin Massy

Kevin Massy is assitant director of the Energy Security Initative at Brookings, where he manages research into international energy relations and domestic energy policy. A former journalist, most recently for The Economist magazine, he has written widely on the role of emerging technologies in the energy sector. Massy holds degrees in international business and journalism from Georgetown University, City University London, and the University of Newcastle.




Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood is the executive director of IEE, an institute of the Edison Foundation focused on Innovation, Electricity, and Efficiency and nonresident fellow at the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings Institution. Wood launched IEE after more than two decades of consulting with electric utilities on retail customer issues. Through numerous articles, dialogues, and speaking engagements, she contributes to the conversation on innovation in the power sector, smart technology, smart pricing, energy efficiency, distributed power, and customer-side issues. Wood is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School for Foreign Service.




Pedram Mokrian

Pedram Mokrian is a venture capitalist focused on the energy-tech sector at Mayfield Fund. Before mayfield he was on the commodities trading desk at Credit Suisse and held positions at Ford Motor Company, JDS Uniphase, and Nortel Networks. In addition, to hiscontributions to the Shultz- Stephen Task Force on Energy Policy, he serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy and is a charter member of C100. Mokrian holds degrees from Stanford University including a PhD in energy finance and economics.




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