A Reliable, Affordable Clean Power Sector is Here. It’s Time to Invest in the Future.

October 4, 2021

Climate change and cyber threats are increasingly putting the reliability and resilience of our power system at risk. As the nation brings new clean energy capacity online, we can ensure the grid delivers affordable, reliable electricity to all Americans with a range of tools and technologies.

Clean Energy Is Reliable

Power-system simulations also demonstrate that much higher levels of clean power supply are possible and can be managed reliably. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Laboratories have researched this for over a decade, finding that with careful planning and operations, a wide range of power systems can take on large amounts of clean electricity while maintaining reliability.

Based on extensive research, the toolkit or “key” for maintaining reliability includes expanding and upgrading transmission to make sure we get clean energy to where it’s needed. In addition to including technologies like energy storage, with both short and long duration to increase flexibility to meet changing demand.

That is why it is important that electricity customers and utilities proactively implement new technologies and controls to prepare for the changing energy mix and energy needs.

That also means deploying ‘on demand,’ 24/7 sources of clean power supply—which is why DOE continues to invest additional zero-carbon technologies, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), advanced nuclear, hydrogen, and geothermal focused on bringing down costs, increasing efficiency and enhancing production methods so these technologies can provide the necessary reliability and scale the grid needs to meet demand while reducing emissions.

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