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THERE IS NOT A HARD LIMIT

POWER GRIDS CAN ACCOMMODATE SUBSTANTIAL LEVELS OF WIND & SOLAR POWER

EXPLORE THE CASE STUDIES BELOW

Renewable Integration Overview

Amid growing electricity demand, volatile fuel costs and climate concerns, GE is focused on helping our customers meet their evolving renewable energy targets.

We bring GE’s full offerings of world-class technology and service solutions to customers.

Often GE customers seeking renewables solutions start with integration studies from GE’s Energy Consulting group, like the ones highlighted on the map below, and in the case studies throughout this infographic.

What happens to the grid when wind and solar plants increase in size and number?

1. They have a greater impact on the grid

2. Displace other generation, so wind and solar need to provide their share of system support

3. The need for grid maneuverability, investment in flexible resources can be extremely valuable and allow the system to use more renewable generation.

New York

3 GW Wind

Ontario

15 GW Wind

California

16 GW Renewables

Texas

15 GW Wind

Western U.S.

87 GW Renewables

New England

12 GW Wind

Nova Scotia

~1500 MW Wind

PJM

118 GW Renewables

Minnesota

12.5 GW Renewables

Underway

Pan-Canadian

~72 GW Wind

*Renewable integration potential based on GE studies

Key Lessons Learned

There is not a hard limit.

Power grids can accommodate substantial levels of wind and solar power.

ENABLERS

of wind and solar power

Renewable forecasting

Flexible thermal fleet

Faster quick starts

Deeper turn-down

Faster ramps

More spatial diversity of wind/solar

Grid-friendly wind and solar

Demand response ancillary services

Energy storage and electric vehicles

Markets & grid codes

CHALLENGES

of wind and solar power

Lack of transmission

Lack of control area cooperation

Market rules & contract constraints that don’t account for ancillary benefits of renewables

Unobservable and uncontrollable distributed generation – “behind the fence”

Inflexible operation strategies during light load & high risk periods

Inflexible Markets & Grid Codes

Future Research & Development

THE INDUSTRY

GE

THE WORLD

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES ARE HERE.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE INDUSTRY...

Confidence Building

Market Transitioning

GE

THE WORLD

THE INDUSTRY

GE

THE WORLD

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES ARE HERE.

WHAT'S NEXT AT GE...

Developing Leading Digital and Industrial Renewable Technology and Services

Inventing the next generation of digital and industrial renewable technology and services to support grid integration and system support.

Pilot Projects

Working with our customer IL&FS in India to develop an integrated renewables and storage plant.

Increase Industry Practice

Partnering with industry thought-leading utilities and third party stakeholders to enhance state of the art renewables integration practices.

THE MARKET

THE WORLD

THE INDUSTRY

GE

THE WORLD

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES ARE HERE.

WHAT'S NEXT AROUND THE WORLD...

Demand Response

Demand response as an active resource for wind and solar integration.

Understand Renewables

Different types of renewables perform differently… better understand the difference between wind, utility scale PV and distributed PV.

Understand the Impact

Need to better understand the impact of distributed generation on the bulk transmission system.

Rules & Regulations

Developing industry rules and system operations regulations that are designed to enable the incorporation of renewables into the modern grid along with traditional generation.

THE MARKET

GE

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