Five Indisputable Facts on Modern Power Systems

Aaron Bloom, Gregory Brinkman, Anthony Lopez, Hannele Holttinen, Udi Helman, Kate Summers, Jordan Bakke

Research output: NRELPresentation


This presentation overviews five indisputable facts about modern power systems: Fact one: The grid can handle more renewable generation than previously thought. Fact two: Geographic and resource diversity provide additional reliability to the system. Fact three: Wind and solar forecasting provide significant value. Fact four: Our electric power markets were not originally designed for variable renewables -- but they could be adapted. Fact five: Modern power electronics are creating new sources of essential reliability services.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2017 IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, 16-20 July 2017, Chicago, Illinois

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-68947


  • grid reliability
  • modern power systems
  • power electronics
  • reliability
  • variable renewable energy
  • wind and solar forecasting


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