Distributed generation helped several businesses in Connecticut, including a Frito Lay facility and a Whole Foods Market, keep their lights on in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Distributed generation uses smaller power-generation systems such as small wind turbines, solar panels, cogeneration plants or fuel cells to supply electricity to limited areas or small structures, said Coalition for Green Capital CEO Reed Hundt. Phoenix Press in New Haven, Conn., also did not lose power during the storm, thanks to its wind turbine that took advantage of Irene's high winds to generate power.

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