Automated Demand Response to Enable the Integration of Renewable Resources
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April 3, 2012
David Watson, Environmental Energy Technologies Division
This talk will discuss how fast automated demand response can help mitigate grid balancing challenges introduced by upcoming increases in intermittent renewable generation resources in an environmentally friendly and cost effective manner. There are many different types of ancillary services necessary to keep the electric grid in balance; non-spinning reserves and regulation are among the most important. To date, only pilot scale field tests using AutoDR for these types of ancillary services. Though AutoDR may not be suitable for all forms of ancillary services, the lower installed cost of AutoDR indicates that it should be considered for use in the time domains and capacities for which it is applicable. By combining AutoDR with traditional gas fired thermal generation and battery storage technologies, an optimal mix of generation, AutoDR and storage should be considered.