Efforts to use EV batteries and home storage systems to manage load are proliferating globally
- Aug 28, 2021 10:11 pm GMT
Decarbonizing the grid will require integrating large amounts of renewable generation. Among the problems that presents is that the intermittent nature of renewables means grid operators can’t count on being able to call on them to handle peak loads.
One way to deal with that is to continue to rely on peaker plants. But even though they’re only utilized during periods of very high demand, such as late summer afternoons during heat waves, there’s a growing movement against them. That’s because they’re often located in non-white, poor neighborhoods and are major polluters for their size, as they burn either natural gas or oil, usually very inefficiently.
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