A look at an intelligent (well, at least a not-so-dumb) power grid
Posted by David Brooks | Monday, July 29, 2013
Demand response - a program in which companies are paid in advance if they agree to lower electricity usage when demand soars - is a pretty simple step toward creating a power grid which is more than just a dumb pipe that spews as much electricity as possible at all times, no matter the consequences.
It cut peak use by sione 200 megawatts of power - more power, as I note in my Telegraph column today, than all the wind farms in New Hampshire spinning their hardest all at once - during the recent heatwave. Even better, various long-term efficiency moves have cut demand by a whopping 1,000 megawatts or so, the grid reports.
Being intelligent is good. I'd love smart meters so I could be more intelligent in my home electricity usage.
But it's only a small step.