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Taking Solar and Wind to the Next Level on the Grid: [Editor’s Note: Some more provocative thoughts in GTM’s i...

Taking Solar and Wind to the Next Level on the Grid: [Editor’s Note: Some more provocative thoughts in GTM’s i...

[Editor’s Note: Some more provocative thoughts in GTM’s intermittent series on grid integration of variable renewables .] As more renewables and tools to integrate them into the transmission and distribution system become available to grid system operators, a new set of challenges is emerging. Alexandra von Meier, a UC Berkeley energy researcher, has developed a new framework with which those challenges can be better understood. “When you are integrating renewables , until now, when people asked the question, ‘Can we have 100 percent renewables?' usually that was taken to mean, ‘Is there enough resource to fill all 8,760 hours of the year? And, if not, how much storage do we need?’” explained von Meier, the Co-Director of Electric Grid Research at UC Berkeley’s California Institute for Energy and Environment. “That level of analysis is no longer where the most difficult pr...

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