Electric Grid Control: Is it time to look carefully at how the grid is managed?

“Utility people for more than 100 years have supplied electrical power to users and have achieved this with good reliability. The principle is simple. Loads may do as they wish, but generation, the supply, MUST be both dispatchable and monitorable. An operator can, at the touch of a button, start or stop a generator or change capacity.

There are many loads that have inherent storage, such as electric water heaters and EV chargers, but this may only be the tip of the iceberg. New communications technology can enable us to manage many of these loads that were never feasible in the past. Load owners may see the opportunity to get some revenue in return for providing load flexibility. Essentially, we would turn the power grid upside down and balance from the bottom; the load side of the equation.”

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