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Title: Power Systems of the Future: A 21st Century Power Partnership Thought Leadership Report

This report summarizes key forces driving transformation in the power sector around the world, presents a framework for evaluating decisions regarding extent and pace of change, and defines pathways for transformation. Powerful trends in technology, policy environments, financing, and business models are driving change in power sectors globally. In light of these trends, the question is no longer whether power systems will be transformed, but rather how these transformations will occur. Three approaches to policy and technology decision-making can guide these transformations: adaptive, reconstructive, and evolutionary. Within these approaches, we explore the five pathways that have emerged as viable models for power system transformation.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC
  3. South Africa National Energy Development Inst.
  4. Regulatory Assistance Project
  5. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  6. Office of the Governor, New York
  7. National Grid
  8. Secretaria de Energia (SENER), Mexico
  9. Inst. for Sustainable Energy Policies
  10. India Smart Grid Forum
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Technical Report
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; renewable energy; regulations; power systems; business models; international; energy access; financing