Renewable Energy Integration focuses on incorporating renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage, thermally activated technologies, and demand response into the electric distribution and transmission system. A systems approach is being used to conduct integration development and demonstrations to address technical, economic, regulatory, and institutional barriers for using renewable and distributed systems. In addition to fully addressing operational issues, the integration also establishes viable business models for incorporating these technologies into capacity planning, grid operations, and demand-side management.

The goal of Renewable energy integration is to advance system design, planning, and operation of the electric grid to:

  • reduce carbon emissions and emissions of other air pollutants through increased use of renewable energy and other clean distributed generation
  • increase asset use through integration of distributed systems and customer loads to reduce peak load and thus lower the costs of electricity
  • support achievement of renewable portfolio standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • enhance reliability, security, and resiliency from microgrid applications in critical infrastructure protection and highly constrained areas of the electric grid
  • support reductions in oil use by enabling plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) operations with the grid

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