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Automated Demand Response to Enable the Integration of Renewable Resources, Feb 17

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Webviewing at UC Davis: 1003 Kemper Hall

Webviewing at UC Merced: SE1 100

Webviewing at UC Santa Cruz: SOE E2 Building, Room 506


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.