Researchers propose residential congestion pricing for grid
- Aug 31, 2021 8:52 am GMT
Some toll roads use congestion pricing to provide incentives for drivers to travel on them when they’re less busy.
A Texas A&M University professor and employees of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Commonwealth Edison are proposing that grids do the same thing.
Le Xie, Anupam Thatte and Athindra Venkatraman made their proposal in an article in the June issue of Utilities Policy. It’s based on two ideas: that the costs of transporting power aren’t the same for all customers and that not all customers have the same impact on the grid.
“If a particular customer is actually sending some of their solar panel energy back to the grid during the peak hours, they should be viewed as a positive asset to the grid, and that individual should be somehow compensated,” Xie said in an article on the Texas A&M Department of Engineering website. “And if someone is using their air conditioner an excessive amount when the grid is extremely stressed, then that individual is contributing to the strain on the grid and might need to pay a higher portion of the delivery cost.”
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