Guest Editorial: Special Section on Sustainable Energy for Enhancing Grid Resiliency

Zhaoyu Wang, Alberto Borghetti, Chen Chen, Fei Ding, Chen-Ching Liu, Jay Liu, Mathaios Pantell, Feng Qiu, Mohammad Shahidehpour

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Abstract

Extreme weather threatens lives, disables communities, and devastates energy generation, transmission, and distribution systems. These extreme events are likely to become more frequent or more intense due to climate change. Energy networks have shown significant vulnerability during record hurricanes, deadly heat waves, destructive wildfires, and winter storms in the past few years. Because of the energy transition process, modern power grids will feature a high penetration level of the use of renewable resources. The adoption of renewable energy and the rise of omnidirectional power delivery mean that our energy network is more decentralized than ever. In this new environment, grid operation becomes more complex, and achieving resiliency is more difficult than in the past. Many utilities are seeking the latest technologies to improve energy security and responsiveness to severe events. On the one hand, sustainable energy resources can provide emergency power and assist grid restoration in disastrous events. On the other hand, their volatility, susceptibility, interdependency, and other unique features must be carefully considered when being used for grid resilience enhancement. This special section brings together 22 papers that range from innovative research advances tackling fundamental challenges of achieving more resilient grids to real-world demonstrations of leveraging sustainable energy resources to enhance grid resiliency. These papers can be categorized into three groups.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1041-1042
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-86088

Keywords

  • climate change
  • energy management
  • power grids
  • resiliency
  • sustainable development

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