The federal government has been driving the process to develop an interconnected standard to establish the criteria and requirements of distributed generation (also called distributed resources or dispersed generation) to be connected into the utility-owned electric power grid.
As more customers embrace renewable energy, up to 75% of U.S. utilities are set to offer a mass-market green power program by the end of 2003. Several utilities are achieving a response rate much higher than the usual 1%.
Engines, microturbines and fuel cells generate electric power for individual customers and often utilize waste heat to provide some of the customer's heating, water heating and, in some cases, air conditioning needs.
A renewed kind of electricaL contractor has been created—the successful entrepreneur who sold his company into a roll-up and then bought it back. That, and several large utilities that remain important on the contractor scene, is the residue of the 1996-2000 subcontractor roll-up craze.