Backup Generators (BUGS): The Next Smart Grid Peak Resource?

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This report examines consumer-owned backup generators (BUGS), which are distributed generation (DG) units used today for either emergency or standby applications and can be found in many dense commercial environments. This largely untapped fleet could potentially help to flatten the utility load profile and/or supplement the utility generation fleet. Properly integrated, it could also have an environmental, as well as economic, benefit.