30 Sep '13, 6pm

Virtual Power Plants: A New Model for Renewables Integration

Value for the consumer is delivering to them what they want, when and where they want it, in the quantity they want. Power producers must ultimately deliver real, not virtual kWh, every one of which originated from a real, not virtual generation source. Software that helps predict load and balance generation and stabilize the grid by making various elements better aware of each other is a fine thing. But software does not generate electrons and it does not make intermittent sources any less intermittent or increase the quality or the value of their output. Being able to perfectly forecast the intermittency of solar and wind sources does not make them better able to match demand, it only informs us how to more efficiently schedule higher-value dispatchable power generation to compensate. In other words, virtual power plant operations don't make solar and wind generation one...

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