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‘Incorporating Green Energy Requires Seamless Grid Integration’

May 23, 2024 | by The Jeuns

In recent news, it was reported that 30% of the world’s electricity came from renewable sources last year, a significant increase from less than 20% two decades ago. However, experts are concerned that the progress in renewable energy could be hindered by outdated grids that are unable to deliver clean energy to where it is needed most.

To address this concern, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved the nation’s first major electric transmission policy update in over a decade. This new regulation aims to accelerate the development of new inter-regional power lines to facilitate the transmission of clean energy over longer distances. This move is crucial in achieving the goal of a decarbonized US economy by 2050.

The core of FERC’s rules lies in how new electricity transmission projects are approved and funded. Project owners will need to plan for expected energy needs over the next two decades, submit funding schemes to FERC, evaluate proposals to ensure projects are essential, and commit to modifying existing plants rather than replacing them whenever possible.

A study by the US Department of Energy revealed that a 500% increase in inter-regional power transmission is necessary to meet current carbon reduction targets. However, the complexity of the country’s divided grids, with various operators having competing interests, poses a significant challenge in achieving this goal.

Dr. Lila Pupo, a decarbonization strategist, emphasized the importance of modernizing the US’s aging grids to effectively integrate renewable sources into the energy mix. She highlighted the growing demand for electric vehicles and heat pumps, which can only be sustainably met by plugging more renewable sources into the grids.

AI technology plays a crucial role in improving grid management, reducing peak hour demands, enhancing grid stability, and enhancing resilience. By analyzing complex data models, AI can optimize decision-making processes for renewable deployment, determining where and when to install solar and wind farms effectively.

The new regulations in the US are expected to strengthen the country’s position by focusing on anticipated demand not just in the coming years but also in the decades ahead. Dr. Pupo underscored the importance of grid resilience in managing the increasing number of prosumers and extreme weather events associated with climate change.

In conclusion, embracing technology that enables smarter, data-driven decisions is crucial to overcoming the challenges in transitioning to a greener energy future.

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