Smart Grid Policy Trends to Watch in 2013 | The Energy Collective

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So what will be the most influential Smart Grid trends in 2013? There’s always the potential for technology breakthroughs – particularly in fixed and mobile energy storage.  However, we’re well overdue for gamechanging policies…

Duane Tilden‘s insight:

Here are four policy trends that will gain momentum in 2013:

  1. Industry attention will focus on transactive energy, which conceptualizes the impacts of widely distributed energy resources on utility business models, technologies/services, markets, and consumers. […]
  2. … regulators will consider how to influence utilities to act as distribution grid load controllers to accommodate new sources of kilowatts or negawatts without detriments to grid reliability and resiliency.  […]
  3. The energy/water nexus will become a more dominant part of project and technology conversations.  […] Natural gas fracking technologies will come under greater scrutiny in terms of the impacts of drilling fluids and practices to the purity of ground and underground water supplies.
  4. In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress will allow Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy, which are currently limited to oil and gas investments.  […]

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