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Intermittency Compatibility Toolkit, Part 2

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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A primary resource in combatting climate change is renewably produced electric power. Even though these technologies have progressed far in the last couple of decades, and it appears that this trend will continue well into the future, we are still only at the start of this journey, and we will encounter many obstacles along the way. A major barrier is the first word in the title of this paper – intermittency.

Many states will have major problems as they attempt to reach net-zero greenhouse gas. Also as intermittent renewables scale up, some intermittence problems will be more wide-scale, effecting whole regions. How will we deal with these?

Part 1 of this series was posted Dec 29 (yesterday as I'm posting part 2) and looked at the Planning Tools that will alert us to looming intermittency problems, when there is still enough time to have several options to deal with them. It is linked in Part 2.

Part 2 will look at a tool that will enable power to flow from region to region in North America, allowing more dispatching flexibility to mitigate both intra-regional and inter-regional variability. We will also look at another tool that provides flexible dispatching for existing AC transmission lines.

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