The future of the electric grid

The future of the electric grid. An Interdisciplinary MIT study. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011, 280 p., ISBN 978-0-9828008-6-7

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Foreword and Acknowledgments (source and copyright © MIT) :

For well over a century, electricity has made vital contributions to the growth of the U.S. economy and the quality of American life. The U.S. electric grid is a remarkable achievement, linking electric generation units reliably and efficiently to millions of residential, commercial, and industrial users of electricity through more than six million miles of lines and associated equipment that are designed and managed by more than 3,000 organizations, many of which are in turn regulated by both federal and state agencies. While this remarkable system of systems will continue to serve us well, it will face serious challenges in the next two decades that will demand the intelligent use of new technologies and the adoption of more appropriate regulatory policies.

This report aims to provide a comprehensive, objective portrait of the U.S. electric grid and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face over the next two decades. It also highlights a number of areas in which policy changes, focused research and demonstration, and the collection and sharing of important data can facilitate meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities that the grid will face… (more)

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MIT Study Demonstrates Demand Response’s Role in Balancing Renewables / Shelley Welton, climate law blog, 15/12/2011

MIT released an interdisciplinary study on December 5, 2011, that examines “The Future of the Electric Grid.” Among many interesting findings, it nicely details the challenges we will face in adapting the electric grid to accommodate all the anticipated renewable resources coming on-line in the next few decades. It’s a good problem to have, all things considered, but it will require a more integrated vision of our electricity future in order to be solved. Fortunately, we are gaining valuable experience every year with one of the key programs that can help address this issue: demand response…

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Danièle Revel (2011, 16 décembre). The future of the electric grid. Veille énergie climat. Consulté le 17 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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