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IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter - December 2013

Energy Storage in Deregulated Power Markets

The large scale development of energy storage presents risks and opportunities. Storage devices can provide more efficient use of the transmission and distribution systems, facilitate the development of variable resources and improve the economic and environmental performance of electric power production resources. But increased reliance on storage will also affect the reliability of the power system and there will be a need for improved modeling of the net load forecasts, resource performance and transmission system performance.

Integrating Distributed Generation into the Smarter Grid

Renewables and distributed generation are here to stay. Grid operators should recognize that distributed supplies must be treated like any other supply source and be fully integrated into transmission and distribution network operations systems. Already there are innovative and cost-effective solutions that are designed to solve or mitigate the problem.

A Standard Solar Contract Is Developed

The U.S. solar industry represented a $11.5 billion market in 2012; more than 300,000 systems are in place. With new and more creative financing options, the market could grow even faster and be larger. A working group launched by the Energy Department through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory aims to lower the cost of capital for solar projects by standardizing contracts so that contractual elements like lease payments can be bundled and traded as investment products.

Progress in DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grant Program

The program is producing tangible payoffs in terms of greater visibility, higher reliability, peak voltage shaving, lower service costs and electrical demand reduction.

About the Smart Grid Newsletter

A monthly publication, the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on smart grid developments and deployments around the world. Designed to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the smart grid.


Michael I. HendersonMichael I. Henderson, an IEEE senior member, is Director, System Planning Department at the ISO-New England.
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Gene ZimonGene Zimon is the founder and president of EDGE Advisers, which is focused on accelerating the introduction of new technologies into the marketplace.
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Paul SchwabePaul Schwabe is an energy and financing analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Travis LowderTravis Lowder is a renewable energy analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
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Debbie HaughtDebbie Haught is a program manager at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) Research and Development Division.
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