Friday, November 16, 2012

Calfornia's New Grid: Adapting to More Renewables

It's a wonky topic, but a fascinating one -- and critical if you care much about the electricity streaming through the wires in your home and office. California's aging grid is largely unprepared to handle the new challenges posed by renewables integration, both large-scale and distributed, and that could spell serious trouble: blackouts, brownouts, fried equipment, unreliable service. In order to continue adding intermittent wind and solar to our grid, we've also got to make changes to the grid -- and to the ways we consume electricity on a daily basis. A number of the state's brightest minds are working on the problem, including the UC Berkeley researchers profiled in this feature for Breakthroughs magazine, the alumni pub of Cal's College of Natural Resources.

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