Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2012


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Energy Technology Innovations

Course Number

ETM 510/610


Distributed generation of electric power, Renewable energy sources -- Factors affecting adoption, Renewable energy sources -- Technological innovations


Distributed generation technologies are a growing segment of supply in the highly turbulent, liberalized electricity market. Small-scale renewables are being sought out by utilities, municipalities, and residential groups as alternatives to large scale centralized production facilities for a variety of factors. These factors may affect the adoption of the renewable distributed generation technologies in positive or negative ways. This paper presents a STEEP (social, technical, economic, environmental, and political) typology of factors identified through a literature review and bibliographic analysis in relevant fields. Furthermore, a panel of experts was surveyed to confirm and reinforce the most important factors affecting the adoption of distributed renewable resources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro). The findings of this preliminary research suggest that the most important factors are capital costs, maintenance costs, convenience (ease of use), technical viability, infrastructural viability, return on investment, public acceptance, and power market structure (regulation).


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