AbstractDistributed wind (DW) hybrid systems, or combinations of distributed energy resources with wind technologies, have the potential to provide energy equity benefits for rural loads. However, project developers and end-users do not understand these benefits well. This report outlines energy equity opportunities that result directly from DW-hybrid projects and proposes a framework that demonstrates how to consider equity in the DW-hybrid system, which can enhance existing resilience and valuation tools by incorporating a way to include equity considerations. Energy equity opportunities achievable with DW-hybrid systems for rural loads are defined by the core principles of energy justice for use in a proposed equity framework. As well, a catalog of equity resources, metrics, technology-agnostic frameworks, and best practices are linked in an attached Excel file. Electric cooperatives, technical assistance providers (including national laboratory and DOE staff), DW project developers, and technology providers can use this work to understand, evaluate, and define equitable outcomes for potential DW-hybrid projects.
Published: September 22, 2023