Smart grids and renewables– A guide for effective deployment
Smart grids and renewables : A guide for effective deployment / Ruud Kempener (IRENA), Paul Komor and Anderson Hoke (University of Colorado). IRENA, November 2013, 47 p.
Presentation (© IRENA) :
The steady growth of renewable energy technologies and cost-competitiveness of solar and wind power call for a smarter approach to power-grid management. This working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides a technical overview of smart-grid technologies as a way to accommodate larger shares of renewable energy in the electricity sector.
Smart Grids and Renewables: A Guide for Effective Deployment finds that:
- Smart-grid technologies are already deployed cost-effectively in many instances today, enabling higher penetration of renewable energy sources.
- Policies and regulations need to be developed for smart grids and renewable energy sources as soon as, if not before, large-scale deployment takes off.
The paper provides guidance to grid regulators, utilities and policy-makers on how to accelerate the deployment of smart grids for renewable energy. It provides a set of strategies to guide decision-makers in the transition to a smarter grid, along with a comprehensive overview of the smart-grid technologies available for the integration of renewable energy, including relatively high shares of variable sources such as solar and wind energy.