Distributed generation

Distributed generation, also distributed energy, on-site generation (OSG) or district/decentralized energy is generated or stored by a variety of small, grid-connected devices referred to as distributed energy resources (DER) or distributed energy resource systems.

See also: Decentralised energy

See also: Renewable energy

 

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edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

The company is now exploring the potential to utilise more on-site solutions such as solar technology and battery storage

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

EXCLUSIVE: Retailer Pets at Home has recorded energy savings of 32% across its stores after a "game-changing" LED lighting project was embraced across the entire business, the firm's energy manager has revealed.

Independent green energy supplier SmartestEnergy insists that the changes will also allow companies to engage in demand response measures

P272: The new regulation that could prove vital for business energy efficiency

Large businesses are being urged to seize the opportunity of gaining a more detailed and accurate breakdown of their energy consumption as an important new regulation comes into effect on Saturday (1 April).

Excess energy generated by the building during its lifespan will offset all the carbon associated with its construction, allowing it to reach carbon neutral status. Image: Martine Hamilton Knight

Nottingham University's carbon-neutral laboratory receives highest green building accolades

A carbon-neutral laboratory built from natural materials by infrastructure services firm AECOM has become one of the first buildings globally to achieve the highest certifications under BREEAM and LEED standards systems for green buildings.

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edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.