Integrating Renewables into the Equation

It is no longer a surprise that many utilities are integrating more renewables, energy efficiency and distributed generation in their integrated resources plans. However, some utilities, municipalities, and cities are taking the next leap forward and announcing plans to use 100 percent renewable energy in the future, largely in response to climate change, fuel costs, and other factors.

Connecting these “smart grid” technologies and remote renewable energy sources requires strong investment in transmission and distribution lines. Cities with adequate resources are committing towards longer-term solutions that address sustainability and life-cycle cost.