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Author NameRobinson, Paul E
TitleAnalysis of Distributed Resources Potential Impacts on Electric System Efficacy
DepartmentElectrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Alexander E. Emanuel, Advisor
  • Prof. Slobodan Pajic, Committee Member
  • Keywords
  • electric system
  • distributed resources
  • peak shaving
  • load shifting
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2009-12-17
    Availability unrestricted


    The intent of this Thesis is to study the potential of distributed resources to increase the efficacy of the electric system without decreasing the efficiency of the system. Distributed resources (DR) are technologies that provide an increase in power or a decrease in load on the distribution system. An example of DR is a storage device that uses electricity during low use periods to store energy and then converts the stored energy to power during high use periods.

    The energy storage being studied is for the purpose of peak shaving or the ability to shift small amounts of load to a more optimum time. In particular the concept of load curve leveling is explored. DR options are studied to determine how size, location, and storage losses impact the overall system efficacy and efficiency. This includes impacts on system losses, capacity utilization, and energy costs.

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