CABA Information Series
(IS-2014-81) Smart Grid & Renewables: a guide for effective deployment
This report is intended as a pragmatic user’s guide on how to make optimal use of smart grid technologies for the integration of renewables into the grid. It outlines the systemic approach that is required to address both the technical and non-technical issues associated with the implementation of smart grids for renewables. The report also provides a detailed review of smart grid technologies for renewables, including their costs, technical status, applicability and market maturity for various uses. This overview shows that a range of enhanced smart grid technologies is already available to improve grid performance and enable higher penetration levels of renewable energy. Furthermore, the use of smart grids is cost effective when installing new grids or upgrading old ones. Examples of cost-effective smart grid technologies include “smart meters”, which can measure and track the output of a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system and send that data back to the utility operating the grid, and “smart transformers” that will automatically notify.