Flexibility in 21st Century Power Systems (Fact Sheet)
Flexibility of operation--the ability of a power system to respond to change in demand and supply--is a characteristic of all power systems. Flexibility is especially prized in twenty-first century power systems, with higher levels of grid-connected variable renewable energy (primarily, wind and solar). Sources of flexibility exist--and can be enhanced--across all of the physical and institutional elements of the power system, including system operations and markets, demand side resources and storage; generation; and transmission networks. Accessing flexibility requires significant planning to optimize investments and ensure that both short- and long-time power system requirements are met.
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- Related Information: 21st Century Power Partnership
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- National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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- Clean Energy Ministerial
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- United States
- 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; FLEXIBILITY OF OPERATION; POWER SYSTEMS; 21ST CENTURY POWER SYSTEMS; GRID CONNECTION; VARIABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY; RENEWABLE ENERGY; SYSTEM OPERATIONS; DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT; ENERGY STORAGE; GENERATION; TRANSMISSION NETWORKS; ENERGY PLANNING
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