How Behind-the-Meter Operations Can Help to Manage Loads
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- Apr 13, 2021 10:06 am GMTApr 13, 2021 8:34 am GMT
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Nowadays, utilities have realized the benefits available from behind-the-meter (BTM) assets in load balancing – particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs).
After a February outage, Portland General Electric announced it has been testing projects that deploy customer based energy storage to increase resilience during storms and emergencies.
Third-party aggregators are also now presenting BTM assets to ensure grid stabilization and improve performance during shortages. For example, in August, a network of home microgrids and networked home appliances controlled by OhmConnect provided 220 MWh to the California Independent System Operator as a power resource during rolling blackouts.
A Texas study, recently published by Pecan Street: “Behind the Meter Storage and 4CP in Texas,” demonstrated the benefits and challenges of deploying customer-sited storage and EVs in Austin Energy’s territory under ERCOT’s 4 Coincident Peaks (4CP) reduction program, which creates incentives for utilities to reduce their peak load.