Using gaming to better understand the management of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
- Aug 26, 2019 3:22 pm GMT
This item is part of the Distributed Energy Resources - Fall 2019 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
Can gaming help your workforce better understand how to manage the complexity of the brave new world of Distributed Energy Resources? Admittedly, applying gaming mechanics may not be an obvious choice to ensure the safety and reliability of the grid. However, we have all been gamified to incent some sort of behavior. In our own lives we try to earn frequent flyer miles and points in loyalty programs. Even in the power industry we are starting to see the application of game mechanics when our smart thermostats encourage us to change our home heating and cooling or when utilities send us reminders of how much energy we consume compared to our neighbors. This led my colleagues and me to explore how game mechanics might be applied to help with the challenge of the ever-growing numbers of resources being connected to the grid.
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