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Micropower at the Crossroads: Public Health and the Future of Distributed Generation

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Publication Date: July 2003

Publisher(s): Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund

Author(s): Brad Heavner; Frank Gorke

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts

Topic: Energy (Electric power)

Keywords: Public Health; Distributed Generation

Coverage: Massachusetts


The debate over America's energy future has focused increased attention on micropower, the generation of electrical energy by homeowners and businesses near the place it is used. Micropower, also known as distributed generation (DG), increases electric system reliability - and some of these technologies are among the most environmentally friendly electricity generating technologies ever invented. However, continued reliance on some highly polluting micropower technologies poses a threat to public health. Micropower at the Crossroads explores this issue and recommends state-level standards that promote clean technologies.