Multiple participants for multiple benefitsThe traditional centralized model of linear power generation and delivery through limited market or monopoly conditions is giving way, especially on a local level, to more diverse, dynamic and complex systems with multiple actors and multilayered energy, information and money flows called Distributed Energy Systems (DES). These changes are in response to new opportunities - such as renewable energy and smart technologies - and new policy goals - to reduce emissions and extend energy access. DES can be customised to match the consumer’s requirements as well as enabling actors to shape local generation and consumption in response to market price signals to achieve the lowest overall cost of energy.
DES provide local resilience
Local, decentralized and controllable DES generation and storage sources can be designed to provide the end user with local resilience or even full independence from the grid. The benefits accrue to grid operators as well: DES can manage demand to reduce peak loads when infrastructure is nearing capacity, thus postponing the need for major grid reinforcement investments.
DES help maintain a cleaner ecosystem while improving efficiency
DES that rely on clean energy generation or hybrid systems, have a reduced impact on air quality and help maintain a greener and cleaner ecosystem.
DES coupled with other traditional energy conservation measures can improve efficiency across the energy system. Integrated real time data monitoring and multipoint controls at both plant, building and network level can improve asset utilisation and plant efficiency and ensure power, cooling, heating and lighting are used only when and where they are needed.