Giving customers a choice in energy sources.
On a traditional power grid, energy generation and distribution were relatively simple and the energy flow was essentially one way. With distributed generation, a generator installed “behind the meter” provides power. If there is an outage, or when power prices peak, users can “go off grid” and use a private generator to produce power.
On a smart grid with distributed generation, energy can be generated close to the point of use. Those who produce this power have the option to “resell” it to the utility, and this exchange represents a new way to generate and distribute energy and a new kind of relationship between utilities and customers.
Discover more about Distributed Generation and Capgemini’s Smart Energy Services in this factsheet.