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Join Jim Lazar as he takes aim at the “duck curve” and provides readily available options utilities can use to adapt to high penetrations of variable renewables without turning into sitting ducks.

During this one-hour webinar, Mr. Lazar will highlight 10 low-carbon strategies to address load shape as increasing reliance on wind and solar resources creates ramping challenges for conventional generation. These strategies not only enable greater renewable integration, they also enhance system reliability, and reduce capital and fuel costs by modifying the load profiles.

A duck in water maintains a rounded belly and steep neck, in order to float and breathe, while a duck in flight is more streamlined to reduce air resistance.  Metaphorically, Mr. Lazar will teach the duck to fly by applying existing technologies to flatten load shapes.      

As he will demonstrate, the resulting “duck” is easier to serve than the projected load would have been, even without the addition of renewable resources — a desirable outcome for almost any electric utility system, including those without significant renewable energy deployment issues.