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Title: Do We Really Need Storage to Operate the Renewable Grid of the Future?

While it may seem obvious that wind and solar 'need' energy storage to be successfully integrated into the world's electricity grids, both detailed integration studies and real-world experience have shown that storage is only one of many options that could enable substantially increased growth of these renewable resources. This talk will discuss the potential role of energy storage in the integrating wind and solar, demonstrating that in the near term perhaps less exciting -- but often more cost-effective -- alternatives will likely provide much of the grid flexibility needed to add renewable resources. The talk will also demonstrate that the decreasing value of PV and wind and at increased penetration creates greater opportunities for storage. It also demonstrates the fact that 'the sun doesn't always shine and the wind always doesn't blow' is only one reason why energy storage may be an increasingly attractive solution to the challenges of operating the grid of the future.
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Conference: Presented at the Third Annual Trottier Symposium On Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design, 8-9 March 2016, Montreal, Canada
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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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United States
25 ENERGY STORAGE wind; solar; energy storage