Power Systems Operations and Controls

NREL develops methods for real-time operation and control of power systems at various scales to support a more reliable and efficient electric grid.

Researchers looking at a visualization screen

As our nation transitions from a centrally controlled electric grid—with one-way delivery of power from central-station power plants—into one that features both distributed generation and distributed control systems based on advanced communications, we need new approaches to enhance reliability and efficiency. NREL is researching advanced technologies to optimize the operation of the system and react to abnormal conditions in a way that preserves system reliability and improves resilience.


2024 Total Solar Eclipse Grid Impact Study

Learn about the results of NREL’s grid impact analysis of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.


Murali Baggu

Laboratory Program Manager, Grid Integration