How Utilities Are Using AI to Autonomously Manage the Energy Grid
- Sep 27, 2022 2:18 am GMT
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When power generation was centralized, distributing electricity across the grid was relatively straightforward for utilities. In most energy markets, demand followed predictable patterns, which allowed grid operators to pull whatever levers were necessary to onboard sufficient power. Some forward-thinking utilities even installed on-site battery storage in anticipation of the slow ramp-up speeds that are often associated with fossil fuel power generation.
Today, however, the energy landscape is very different.
Power generation and storage are no longer centralized thanks to the rapid rise of privately owned distributed energy resources (DERs) like:
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
- Wind turbine technology
- Battery energy storage systems
- Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
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