Cogeneration CHP, North America

Unlocking potential for DG in Oregon

– draft report


A draft report from the Oregon Public Utility Commission says that the US state should implement uniform technical standards and agreements for interconnecting small generators in order to unlock the significant potential for distributed generation (DG) locally. Oregon should also adopt more favourable standby tariffs to encourage the development of DG, says the report: Distributed Generation in Oregon: Overview, Regulatory Barriers and Recommendations.

The report estimates that some 818 MW of distributed CHP plant is already in operation in Oregon and the additional economic potential for the state is 384 MW by 2025, without taking into account incentives or reductions in technology costs. In a scenario with incentives, reduced costs and other favourable conditions, an estimated 1830 MW in additional systems could be installed in the next 20 years.