Chapter 2

Value of an Integrated Grid

Clark W. Gellings    Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA, United States of America

Abstract

The integrated grid leverages the optimal combination of local generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, and new uses of electricity, with central generation and utility-scale storage, in order to provide society with reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity. It is characterized by connectivity, rules enabling interconnection, and innovative rate structures that enhance the value of the power system to all consumers, while blending the most valuable generation, storage, power delivery, and end-use technology services, including distributed energy resources, is tailored to meet local circumstances. ...

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