Innovation Drives Shift to a 21st-Century Power Grid


By Phyllis Cuttino, Director of The PEW Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative

A new collection of briefs from The Pew Charitable Trusts examines how federal support for microgrids, energy storage, and energy smart tools—much of which is provided to businesses and researchers through the U.S. national laboratories and public-private partnerships—is transforming the power sector from a 100-year-old centralized system to one that incorporates a range of distributed renewable and efficient innovations that can decrease costs, improve grid reliability, reduce emissions, and expand consumer choice. It also outlines the policy
changes—such as improving how system and social benefits are valued and monetized, grid integration standards, technical assistance programs, and financial and planning
incentives—that can further break down barriers to achieving the full promise of distributed energy systems.

The U.S. national laboratories as well as public-private partnerships provide financial resources and access to research facilities that foster innovation in three key areas: Microgrids, Energy Storage and Energy Smart Technologies.

Read more here.

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