How smart grid and demand response could fit into the clean power plan

The fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan’s push to reduce greenhouse gas are less dirty energy and more clean energy. While these are a potential boon to wind and solar power, they could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate renewable energy into the grid as a means to its end.

The recently released final plan of the Environmental Protection Agency asks for technologies such as energy storage and demand response, as they can help facilitate the boost in wind and solar power that is likely to be a part of many of the US states’ compliance plans. The technologies broadly fall into two main categories, the first are those that directly affect the transmission and distribution portion of the grid, and the second are those that reduce end-use demand.

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