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DAN SHUGAR | December 7, 2017

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We have a serious issue going on with the large-scale integration of renewable energy, both in the United States and the rest of the world. As has been seen in California, China and other areas where gigawatts of solar and wind power plants are being scaled, these renewable resources are not always fully utilized and are underperforming their potential. This underutilization occurs because of curtailment, when the renewable power supply exceeds grid demand during certain parts of the day and must be ramped down—as seen in the infamous “Duck Curve.” A related issue is inverter clipping, which happens when the DC input power of an inverter exceeds the inverter’s AC power rating and a significant amount of generation may be lost or underused.

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