This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 12, 2004

Distributed Energy Forum

The Consumer Energy Council of America's Distributed Energy Forum provides basic information about distributed energy, as well as a calculator that provides cost estimates for a range of distributed energy installations and locations. Distributed energy involves generating power at or near the end user, in contrast to conventional electricity produced at large central generating plants and requiring transmission over long distances to customers. The Distributed Energy Forum Web site helps consumers understand distributed energy technologies, basic economic factors, and regulatory and environmental issues, so they can make informed decisions about whether a specific distributed energy technology is appropriate for their needs.