The electric power system is facing increasing stress due to fundamental changes in both supply and demand technologies. On the supply side, there is a shift from large synchronous generators to lighter-weight generators (e.g., gas-fired turbines) and variable resources (renewables). On the demand side, there is a growing number of distributed and variable generation resources, as well as a shift from large induction motors to rapidly increasing use of electronic converters in buildings, industrial equipment, and consumer devices. The communications and control systems are also transitioning from analog systems to systems with increasing digital control and communications, from systems with a handful of control points at central stations to ones with potentially millions of control points.
This course in Quadrennial Technology Review focuses on the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) needs to develop a modern electric power system. Yet, it is important to note that the reliable delivery of electricity also depends on the structure and dynamics of electricity markets as well as federal, state, and local policies and regulations. These issues are addressed in the 2015 Quadrennial Energy Review.
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