Electric Co-op Today
Distributed generation in the form of wind, landfill gas, and cogeneration got a mention, but solar by far is attracting the most attention from cooperatives and legislators, a panel of experts told the co-op crowd.
The panelists also informed co-ops that distributed generation is coming. They were told that it is best to get in front of it and that co-ops should develop their own DG projects.
Nelle Hotchkiss, senior vice president, corporate relations, with the North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperative, urged co-ops to develop expertise and messages on solar because of its broad appeal. While environmentalists promote solar as renewable energy, conservative politicians see free market and private enterprise appeals, she said.