Non-Transmission Solutions for Grid Problems

Electric transmission grid managers routinely face grid planning challenges like aging infrastructure, power plant retirements, and a changing resource mix (more wind and gas-fueled generation, less coal).  For example, existing transmission capacity in a rapidly growing suburb may be nearing its limits or a large coal power plant that provides a significant portion of a town’s power may announce its…

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New Standards Ease Barriers for Rooftop Solar and Other “Distributed” Power Systems

Nov 22, 2013 by John Moore Today a federal agency issued new and better standards for connecting rooftop solar, wind, energy storage, and other clean “distributed” power systems at homes and businesses to the electric grid, helping to make the grid connection process quicker and cheaper. The new standards come not a moment too soon, as these home and business power systems are fast…

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Rethinking Electricity Capacity Markets

In the field of electricity regulation, the primary goal of a capacity market is to ensure that sufficient power “capacity” exists in a region to maintain grid reliability and prevent blackouts. Unlike short-term energy markets, which help to manage the balance between energy supply and consumption on a daily basis, capacity markets look farther into the future. Capacity markets focus…

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