April 15, 2013

The Role of Smart Grid Technologies as Enablers of Clean Energy Policies in Islands of Developing and Developed Countries

Addressed at high-level policymakers, this paper summarizes key messages from recent publications on sustainable energy systems in islands and remote territories.

The diversity of islands of developing and developed nations offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate how deploying large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources (RES) within smart grid architectures tailored to local energy contexts can be a cost-effective complement, and even an alternative, to current fossil-fuel solutions.

This paper, authored by Annex 4: Synthesis Insights for Decision Makers, covers the following topics:

  • The energy supply challenges faced by islands
  • Ways in which renewable energy technologies can improve sustainable electricity supply
  • Ways in which smart grid technologies can help enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent RES
  • Lessons learned from demonstration projects in islands
  • The importance of island systems in the global context of clean energy systems in developing and developed countries.

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