Load Management and Climate Crisis
- Sep 27, 2021 4:55 pm GMT
Carbon emissions have risen dramatically over the past few decades, accelerating climate change and making extreme weather events more intense and frequent. This climate crisis shows it’s critical to deploy plentiful clean power and other technologies this decade to avoid the worst of climate change. President Biden has set targets to cut America’s carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach 100% clean electricity by 2035.
As temperatures rise, or conversely erratic weather patterns produce harsher winters, this is going to impact on power use, and inevitably, load management of stressed utility systems. For example, in a hotter summer there are going to be more ACs working hard. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory did some modelling on this a few years ago, looking at what would be the predicted power needs out to 2050.
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