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Urszula Papajak
Freelance Journalist

Passionate about solutions that empower citizens in their fight for energy democracy. She will be curating an online discussion about the current energy transition, covering news on smart grid developments, new regulatory solutions supportive of citizen-owned renewable energy and much more.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Surprise, Surprise: Solar And Wind Won’t Break The Grid

We should not need studies like this one anymore. The fact that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables shouldn't be a subject of discussion. After all, Denmark, for instance, has already achieved 52.8% of variable renewables (while the global average still remains at 5.2%) and its system seems to be doing fine.

But the "sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow" mantra comes back like a boomerang over and over again. Intermittent renewables will destroy the electricity grid and therefore endanger the security of supply runs the argument, like a broken record. Which is exactly why studies like the one presented in this article are so important and needed.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) examines the issue of power outages, backup technologies and weather forecasting. At the end, the authors conclude that although the expansion of renewables does present challenges and requires well-designed measures, systems are able to cope quite well with an increasing amount of renewables in the grid. 

Surprise, Surprise: Solar And Wind Won’t Break The Grid
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