Leveraging Today’s Technology to Teach the Duck to Fly
Dr. Carl Linvill joined the University of California Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy to share strategies that leverage today’s technology to “teach the duck to fly.” The “duck” curve illustrates the load shape California grid operators expect to contend with as increasing levels of wind and solar resources create ramping challenges for conventional generation. As part of a panel discussion of near-term technology developments in storage, smart grid, electric vehicles, and distributed generation, he illustrated ten strategies to flatten the load curve in small increments that result in a significant combined impact. These strategies not only enable greater renewable integration, they also enhance system reliability, as well as reduce capital and fuel costs. As the “duck” moves into its more flattened, streamlined flying position, the resulting load is easier to serve than the projected load would have been, even without the addition of renewable resources.