Integrating Variable Resources and Flexible Demand
- Dec 30, 2020 6:00 pm GMTDec 30, 2020 6:05 pm GMT
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What is the best way to integrate growing levels of variable renewable resources into grid networks such as in California, as it marches towards 100% renewable mix by 2045? Among the usual suspects are better interconnections, and more generation diversity, including more storage and price responsive demand, a resource traditionally neglected.
This subject is gaining greater attention. It also is the focus of a newly released book, Variable Generation, Flexible Demand.
It highlights the need for grid operators to predict the amount of fluctuating wind and solar resources and schedule complimentary demand. This represents a major change from the traditional way in which demand was forecast and generation resources were dispatched to meet it. The book provides lessons and examples of integrating rising levels of carbon neutral resources into the grid.