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Currently there is an array of design solutions on the demand side that can be applied to reduce the peak capacity (and energy) requirements from the grid.
It is hard to be effective , even in case it is achievable . The integrated power system ( generation , transmission and distribution) looks as The Central Bank of State , while all demands are spot markets of different goods. Does the fluctuations of some good prices affect the CB policies ?
I believe we manage the grid according to peak load because, in part, we are limited by the technology we have today. To manage against real-time demand, we would probably need: * Generation sources that can come line and go offline rapidly. Natural gas fired turbines cannot do this. Probably need storage with every generation source to do this.
Energy Efficiency Professionals: With Earth Day coming up this Thursday April 22, what are you working on to clean up the planet? Share your work with the community & seek out ideas/feedback!
Hi Doug, To estimate the energy efficiency of a new building you have to compare it to a fictional baseline. That baseline is an almost equivalent building, that would look the same and with the same usage, only its enveloppe performance and HVAC equipment would be different. We would pull those baseline performances out of local or international energy codes, ASHRAE 90.1 being the most used.
Hi Doug! The FSEC Energy Research Center in Florida has a ton of great resources to help answer these questions. You can visit their home energy ratings section here: https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/consumer/buildings/home-energy-ratings/
Eitan, because its definition is only important from a policy/economics perspective, we can use whatever terminology to describe storage that best serves our interests.