Ten Strategies to Align Loads to Resources (and Resources to Loads)
At a meeting of the Pacific Northwest Demand Response Project, senior advisor Jim Lazar recommended ten strategies for addressing the load challenges presented by increasing penetrations of wind and solar. Based on the California ISO’s “duck graph,” Mr. Lazar illustrates how low carbon strategies and existing technologies can be implemented to meet steep ramping requirements as variable energy supplies wax and wane over the course of a day. Utilities employing demand response, inter-regional power exchanges, and targeted energy efficiency, for example, can achieve greater renewable integration, while at the same time enhancing system reliability and reducing capital and fuel costs as a result of modified load profiles. The resulting load is ultimately easier to serve than the projected load would have been, even without the addition of renewable resources. This streamlined “duck” flies with ease.