Assessing the State of Demand Response Amid California’s Grid Stresses

There are still questions about what exactly caused
California’s blackouts during last month’s heat wave. We know
that imports were down, natural gas plants tripped off line, and
wind generation fell.�

But what about all those air conditioners, batteries
and industrial loads that are supposed to support the grid? What
role did they play — or didn’t they play — in helping
California’s stressed grid?

We’re going to look at how distributed resources are
being used today in different grids around the U.S.

With us this week is Dr. Elta
Kolo
, a content lead on the grid edge team at Wood Mackenzie.
She’s an expert on utility business models, grid integration, and
demand response.

She’s going to help us understand the technology and
market-design landscape for demand response. With California going
through another round of grid stresses due to a heat wave and
wildfires, this conversation is particularly relevant.

The Interchange is supported by Schneider
Electric
, the leader of digital transformation in energy
management and automation. Schneider Electric has designed and
deployed more than 300 microgrids in North America, helping
customers gain energy independence and control, while increasing
resilience and reaching their clean energy goals.

We’re also sponsored by NEXTracker. NEXTracker has more than 30
gigawatts of resilient and intelligent solar tracking systems
across six continents. Optimize your solar power
plant
.

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Assessing the State of Demand Response Amid California’s
Grid Stresses