Tendencias y Estudios / Energía que transforma

Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future

The integration of solar and wind power poses specific challenges as system operators pursue low-carbon investments and long-term energy sustainability. As these variable renewable energy (VRE) sources reach high shares of power generation, power systems must be increasingly flexible to maintain the balance of supply and demand over each day or year.

The Future of U.S. Electricity Efficiency Programs Funded by Utility Customers

Electricity efficiency programs funded by utility customers cost-effectively offset a portion of growth in U.S. power needs. That, in turn, affects the need for investment in new electricity infrastructure, across generation, transmission and distribution systems. A new study by Berkeley Lab provides a bottom-up assessment of the potential impact of existing and likely state policies and market conditions to promote or constrain future spending and savings for electricity efficiency programs in all U.S. states.

Electrification with Renewables

The world has made the transition from one major form of energy to another several times – from animal power and biomass to burning coal, and then to the increasing use of oil and gas. The replacement of those fuels with renewables marks the next historic shift. Yet to ensure sustainability and global climate stability, this latest energy transformation needs to happen much faster.

IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS FOR HYDRO STORAGE

Countries around the globe have set ambitious renewable energy targets and have grown increasingly reliant on sources such as wind and solar. However, to ensure that production is constantly equal to demand—a mandatory condition on the grid—they must be able to provide power when the wind doesn’t blow, or the sun doesn’t shine. Conversely, when production is higher than is needed, they can increase overall profitability if they can store the excess. Managing this intermittency requires additional flexibility, and new solutions.

50 STATES OF SOLAR: Q4 2018 & 2018 ANNUAL REVIEW

Quarterly publication detailing distributed solar and rate design changes under consideration across the country. Includes a comprehensive review of all state and utility (investor-owned and large public power utilities) actions related to net metering, distributed energy resource valuation, community solar policy, residential fixed charges, mandatory residential demand charges, solar customer charges, third-party ownership legality, and utility-led rooftop solar programs.

Panorama Energético de América Latina y El Caribe 2018

Olade publica su primer “Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe 2018”, un documento en el que se presenta información sobre la evolución de la matriz energética de todos los Países Miembros de la Organización.

Vibrant future for utility distribution businesses

The recent years have been tough for many distribution businesses. A combination of regulatory pressure, disruptive energy technologies, increasingly complex operations, shifting consumer dynamics and weak demand—particularly in higher-income markets—has squeezed profits and stymied earnings growth.

Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) Requirements Version 2.0

With the pace and number of distributed energy resources being added to the grid, a few utilities are beginning to implement distributed energy resource management systems to organize and control all of these technologies. But since these systems are so new, there are no standards or requirements to guide utilities who need to invest in this expensive technology. Enter the Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) Requirements – a baseline to guide utilities and vendors for the most important aspects their system should have.

ESIF 2018 Annual Report

In 2018, research at the ESIF adapted and aligned to address the challenges that are shaping the electric grid today and into the future. From new types of partnerships, to developments in autonomous energy systems research, to an increased focus on energy security and resilience, it is hard to know everything going on at the ESIF. A great place to start is with the recently published ESIF 2018 Annual Report.

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