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Grid Futures through Scenario Planning

  • Author(s): Brown, Merwin
  • Cibulka, Lloyd
  • von Meier, Alexandra
  • et al.

For most of the 20th century, the electric grid had a relatively simple role: moving electricity from central power plants to the consumers. Its behavior was predictable, operation was largely deterministic, and an operator was in control. But with growing uncertainty, aging infrastructure and uncertainty in energy markets, we must begin to think about the future of the energy grid and restructuring to effectively rise to these challenges.

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