Is your GIS ready for Distributed Energy Resources?
- Aug 21, 2019 11:24 pm GMT
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Renewables – The New Normal
Four months into 2019, the U.S. reached a new milestone – for the first time in history, renewable sourced generation outweighed coal sourced generation 23 to 20 percent. Despite occurring during a relatively low period of overall production and demand, it was also the month that U.S. wind generation reached a new monthly high of 30.2 MWh. Solar generation also continues to grow; in fact, the Energy Information Act (EIA) expects solar generation to surpass nuclear generation by 2020. Granted, some of this “renewable energy inversion” (as it may someday be known as) may be related to the great ski season we experienced in Colorado (with record breaking snowfall levels causing higher than normal seasonal water supply reaching conventional hydroelectric renewable generating stations), but there is no denying that renewables are substantial and growing. Their penetration into our energy systems at a rapid pace will continue, and most likely accelerate. On the residential side, small scale solar photovoltaic generation has been growing at rates between 18% and 34% year by year, since 2014. The point being, harnessing the sun and wind – whether it's at utility scale, residential scale, or a healthy mix of both – is the new normal for utility operators.
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