Information System to Better Integrate Wind and Solar Resources with Demand than Marginal Emissions Data
- Jan 20, 2019 9:52 pm GMT
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There is a growing need within the utility industry to describe electric power in consumer-friendly terms. As more energy comes from wind and solar, it becomes increasingly important for consumers to use energy when it is sunny and windy and use less energy when fossil-fuel power plants are ramping up and peaking each day. Showing when energy is cleaner along with pricing signals can achieve measurable reductions in peak demand as well as reductions in curtailment of renewable resources.
The majority of consumers surveyed by utilities want electric power from clean energy resources over energy from fossil fuels. An increasing number feel the need to do something about their impact on the environment, but most don’t want to pay more. Many are buying technologies that enable them to control when they use energy, subscribing to services that directly provide them with cleaner energy, and switching to electric vehicles. Most consumers are not managing their load, and those that are don’t use a tool to know when energy is cleaner.
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