18 May '11, 1pm

How Will the California System Operator Cope With 33% Renewables?: To meet California’s new standard requiring...

How Will the California System Operator Cope With 33% Renewables?: To meet California’s new standard requiring...

To meet California’s new standard requiring the state to get 33 percent of its power from renewables by 2020, the grid operator will have to stop talking about the weather and do something about it. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) just brought its Mission Critical Wing, a new high tech control center, on line to do that. “We partnered with Google and we went from your typical map board made of plastic tiles, with digital readouts, to an 81-foot video display wall,” said Stephanie McCorkle, the California ISO’s Director of Communications. “It’s like Minority Report , where Tom Cruise could pull into the wall whatever data he needed.” The new center, in Folsom, California, incorporates security measures for vital grid operations and for energy delivery commensurate with a post-9/11 world. “It’s no secret that security was a big reason why we buil...

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