Austin Energy shows how demand response is done right
- Oct 5, 2018 11:45 am GMTOct 5, 2018 11:46 am GMT
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Debbie Kimberly has worked in public power in hot places her entire 35-year career. Throughout that time, she’s seen the temperatures rise year after year, upping the stakes for utilities to deal with load management.
“It used to be that you didn’t see the extreme heat of the summer come until August,” says Kimberly, an Arizona native, who now serves as VP of Customer Energy Solutions for Austin Energy, a municipally-owned utility with roughly 480,000 customers.
This year, she adds, “The first time that it hit 100 in Phoenix, Arizona was the first week of April.”
Another record this year: on July 19 the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) hit a record peak of 73.3 GW. A little less than a week later, Austin Energy set its own peak record, hitting 2.878 GW.