MIT22_081JF10_lec07b

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Unformatted text preview: New Challenges and Opportunities for the Electric Grid Tim Heidel Research Director / Postdoctoral Associate MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study Sustainable Energy Choosing Among Options September 30, 2010 OUTLINE MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study Smart Grid New Challenges/Opportunities: Challenge: more wind and solar, remote and distributed Opportunity: new remote sensing & automation technologies Challenge: electrification of transportation systems Opportunity: technologies that can make demand more responsive to system conditions Challenge: data communications, cyber security, & privacy 2 OUTLINE MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study Smart Grid New Challenges/Opportunities: Challenge: more wind and solar, remote and distributed Opportunity: new remote sensing & automation technologies Challenge: electrification of transportation systems Opportunity: technologies that can make demand more responsive to system conditions Challenge: data communications, cyber security, & privacy 3 MIT FUTURE OF STUDIES MIT faculty have, over the last several years, conducted several in depth multidisciplinary energy studies designed to inform future energy options, research, technology choices, and public policy development. These studies grounded in science, supported by objective economic/policy analysis, comprehensive in scope and input underscore MIT's role as an "honest broker" on energy issues. 4 THE FUTURE OF THE GRID MOTIVATION The US electric grid, the system that links generation to load, is perhaps not broken at present, but It faces a number of new challenges and, because of advances in technology, new opportunities There is an enormous amount of hype around the smart grid, much of it supplied by equipment vendors We aim to provide an objective analysis of the new challenges and opportunities the US grid faces, focusing on two questions: Can existing institutions and policies be relied upon to meet the new challenges and seize the emerging opportunities? If not, what changes are required? 5 STUDY BACKGROUND Study team recruited, work began in fall of 2009; initial focus was on narrowing the project scope. Recruited an Advisory Committee; met (on scope) in May 2010; will meet again in October and early in 2011. Have identified & studied key challenges & opportunities, but have not yet agreed on recommendations. Will finish study, with recommendations, by May 2011. Today: some thoughts on the challenges & opportunities on which we are working. Opinions in this talk are mine alone, not the research teams!...
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MIT22_081JF10_lec07b - New Challenges and Opportunities for...

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