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Wind and Solar Energy: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy, Reliably, Every Day

January 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy and Grid Integration

Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into the nation’s electric grid.[read more]

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

July 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.[read more]

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

April 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick of it, that’s because they’ve been losing power a lot more often over the last decade.[read more]

Forget Intermittency: NREL Says Wind Energy Can Boost Grid Reliability

January 29, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Grid Reliability

We’ve all heard the warnings about how intermittent renewables could “crash” the grid if for instance all of a sudden the wind stops blowing and grid operators are left in the lurch for power when they need it. But what if wind turbines actually improve grid reliability?[read more]

Grid Strain in New England Too Close for Comfort

January 2, 2014 by Kristopher Settle

A nasty winter storm ripped through the northeast December 14, causing a surge in power demand that severely challenged grid reliability for the region. The surge caused electricity demand to peak at 20,182 megawatts (MW), according to the system operator’s reports.[read more]

When it Comes to Our Need for Electricity, Reliability is Essential

December 31, 2013 by Milton Caplan

Infrastructure Reliability

Over this holiday season in North America the importance of electricity to our very survival has become more evident. On the Friday before Christmas the northeast United States and Canada were hit with a massive ice storm. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power.[read more]

Solar Storage: The New Resilient Clean Energy Technology

November 5, 2013 by Lewis Milford

Clean Energy Group's new Resilient Power Project is helping states figure out how to provide resilient power to critical infrastructure, so that needed services can be provided during a natural disaster that knocks out portions of the electric grid.[read more]

Powering Africa: Observations from Kenya

July 16, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram



I was recently in Kenya meeting with potential partners for a research project that will measure rural households’ demand for grid connections, as well as the social and economic benefits of bringing people electricity.[read more]

Wind Energy and the Myth of Widespread Negative Pricing

May 21, 2013 by Herman Trabish

wind energy and the grid

Wind only sets the market price if it is the most expensive resource on the system, and that almost never happens because wind has a zero fuel cost. If wind is setting the price, everything else in the area has been turned off.[read more]

Will Smart Grid Advocates & Utilities Heed Lessons Learned from the Telecom Sector?

January 22, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

The electrical grid transformation to the Smart Grid puts tremendous reliance on wired and wireless networks to deliver situational awareness of grid operations. These communications networks enhance and optimize utility management of grid operations, as demonstrated by reduced service disruption times via automated outage reporting by smart meters or voltage conservation programs that reduce operating costs.[read more]

Energy Storage Systems Finally Getting The Attention They Deserve

January 17, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

Energy Storage via Shutterstock

The renewable energy industry has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years.  More wind and solar power is contributing to the electric grid than ever before.  There is one drawback to renewable energy sources however, and that is their intermittent periods of production and disruption.  After all, the weather does...[read more]

The Smart Grid – More Than Grid Modernization, It’s Grid Transformation

January 15, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Smart Grid via Shutterstock

The Smart Grid is all about grid modernization and transformation. When we modernize the grid, we update technologies, but leave in place existing energy sources, existing business models, and existing policies. When we transform the grid, we exchange old energy sources for new ones, reinvent business models, and revise policies to...[read more]

Protecting the Grid Against Solar Storms

December 19, 2012 by Bill Squadron

Numerous studies by accredited groups, such as the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Commission, the National Academy of Sciences, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have concluded that solar storms and resulting geomagnetic disturbance are a critical threat to the reliability of electric grids. The recent report from the U.S...[read more]


The Smart Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Internet of Things

October 18, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Smart Grid deployments are not only delivering improved energy security, grid reliability, and consumer control to us, they are bringing the Internet of Things closer to reality.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as a conceptual description of the ability to connect any objects with an IP...[read more]

Giving Thanks for Grid Reliability?

November 22, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

Smart Grid technologies make the grid more reliable.  Distribution automation, such as remote sensing and management technologies give utilities real-time knowledge of grid conditions.  Utilities can become proactive in resolving any problems that occur within the domains of generation, transmission, and distribution of...[read more]