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IEEE: The expertise to make smart grid a reality

Electric Energy Online

April, 2011
By Alan Mantooth, IEEE Fellow
Beyond Earth-friendly --  How renewables will impact the grid

Thanks in large part to innovative technologies, environmental awareness and government incentives, renewable energy generation will contribute a significant portion of the total power consumed in the U.S. sometime in the next decade. This raises an important question: How does today’s grid have to evolve to accommodate an operational scenario in which a significant percentage – from 25% to perhaps as high as 50% – of the power being pumped into it depends on how hard and where the wind is blowing and the sun is shining? Read More