2022 Is The Year Of The Electricity Grid
- Mar 30, 2022 8:57 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2022-03 - Investing in the Grid 2022, click here for more
With the passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 2022 will be a big year for energy efficiency, building codes and grid modernization. As we make gains in energy efficiency, and continue to add more intermittent renewables to our power system, grid operators face mounting challenges matching supply with demand. This year is when we must put our attention to getting building-grid interactivity right.
Today, nearly 4% of U.S. electricity comes from solar energy—more than 80 times its share a decade ago, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. Much of that power has come onto the grid with little or no regard for what’s required of utilities to respond and adapt. Buildings account for 70% of U.S. electricity consumption and are the primary drivers of about 80% of peak demand on the grid.
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