Presentation | 2001

Small is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Distributed Generation (and Other Distributed Resources)

By Amory Lovins

This presentation is a preview of Amory Lovins’ 2002 book, Small is Profitable. The book offers 207 ways in which the size of electrical resources—devices that make, save, or store electricity—impacts their economic value. It finds that properly considering the economic benefits of distributed electrical resources typically raises their value by a large factor, often approximately tenfold, by improving system planning, utility construction and operation (especially of the grid), and service quality, and by avoiding societal costs. The presentation offers a preview of these ideas.