07 Nov '11, 4pm

Recruiting Energy Customers to Use More

As I wrote in Saturday’s paper, the growth of wind energy in the Pacific Northwest has sometimes resulted in more electricity generation than the Bonneville Power Administration can handle. So the agency is paying for a pilot program in which home water heaters and space heaters can be centrally controlled, and soak up excess power. To deal with high generation from renewable sources at times of low demand, it would have to sign up thousands of households as participants. Yet the agency is also working with an industrial customer that could absorb much more. The Nippon Paper Industries mill in Port Angeles, Wash., which makes paper for telephone books, has an average load of 53 megawatts, which is roughly 1,000 times the peak load of a typical house. But the mill’s load can run up to 73 megawatts. One of the big electricity consumers at the plant is the pulping operation, ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/recruiting-ener...

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