Electric Grid Control: Is it Time to Look Carefully at How the Grid is Managed?
- Jul 7, 2018 10:31 pm GMT
Utility people for more than 100 years have supplied electrical power to users and have achieved this with good reliability. The principle is simple. Loads may do as they wish, but generation, the supply, MUST be both dispatchable and monitorable. An operator can, at the touch of a button, start or stop a generator or change capacity. Generator activities are carefully monitored and controlled.
The loads, that use the electric power can be intermittent, unmonitored and subject to starting and stopping at what the grid operator would see as near random times. The utilities have become adept at managing the generation capacity to maintain a continuous balance between supply and demand. Some of the random load events fit patterns that follow a general daily path up and down.
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