Correlations Between Generation and Load Are A Trap
- Sep 27, 2021 11:48 pm GMT
Renewable generation is influenced by the weather; loads are influenced by the weather; the amount of emergency assistance that others can provide is influenced by weather over the entire region. Options such as nuclear are independent of the weather. An excessive reliance on intermittent renewable generation is unwise. Additionally, outdoor generation can be curtailed due to the weather. Transmission lines are also impacted by being outdoors, unless they are buried. Reliability planners take note. Recent events are not a fluke.
The same climate change that renewables are designed to mitigate introduces another unknown into the picture. We are late to the party, and are experiencing, and will continue to experience, the effects of increasing climate change. We do not know how that will impact generation. Diversification of nonfossil generation types should be contemplated.
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