Summary of IEEE Report to DOE QER on Priority Issues
This report was prepared by IEEE in response to a set of specific questions posed by U.S. DOE with a request for IEEE insights into these priority issues. The team endeavored to keep the responses within the scope of the questions. There are many other grid-related issues that are not addressed here.
The past few years have brought about great strides in advancing knowledge on all fronts of interest to DOE. This pace of progress is expected to continue and the report should therefore be viewed as a snapshot reflecting the knowledge available today.
Responses discussed in this report are highlighted below.
- Effects of renewable intermittency on the electric power grid and the potential role of storage in addressing these effects
- Utility and other energy company business case issues related to microgrids and distributed generation (DG), including rooftop photovoltaics
- The technical implications for the grid (bulk and local distribution) of electric vehicle (EV) integration - and the timing you see as necessary to avoid having the grid status slow down any potential progress
- The implications and importance of aging infrastructure and the options for addressing these challenges, including asset management
- Recommendations for metrics for addressing Smart Grid issues, especially to help policy makers determine the importance and necessity of protocols
- Skilled workforce issues
- Report cards on the condition and performance of the electric grid