Peaking Capacity (Electric)

Peaking Capacity (Electric)

Power generation capacity used to serve peak demand. Peaking generating units operate a limited number of hours per year, and their capacity factor is normally less than 20%. Peaking capacity is often served by simple cycle combustion turbines.  [SourceThe Potential Benefits of Distributed Generation and Rate-Related Issues That May Impede Their Expansion, U.S. Department of Energy, February 2007, p.xiv.] « Back to Glossary Index