Status of Power System Transformation 2017: System Integration and Local Grids

Jeffrey Logan, Owen Zinaman, Ilya Chernyakhovskiy, Barry Mather, Peerapat Vithayasrichareon, Emanuele Bianco, Timon Dubbeling, Manuel Baritaud, Matthew Wittenstein, Jesse Scott

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


In countries around the world, power sectors are undergoing significant change, with the desire to achieve sustainable, affordable and reliable electricity. Progress in both supply- and demand-side technologies, as well as increased digitalization and automation of end uses, is influencing how the power system is planned and operated. Responding to this change requires innovative approaches across the entire power system, spanning both institutional reforms and technical adaptations. 'Power system transformation', the processes that facilitate and manage requisite changes in the power sector, is an active process of creating policy, market and regulatory environments, as well as establishing operational and planning practices, that accelerate investment, innovation and the use of smart, efficient, resilient and environmentally sound technology options. This report examines recent trends from the perspective of power system transformation, with a particular focus on the integration of variable renewable energy and the evolution of local grids.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages158
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A50-68513


  • energy policy
  • renewables
  • solar power
  • wind


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