Reducing carbon output from the American power grid is an essential goal, meriting urgent and committed attention. However, while accelerating the growth of low-carbon technology on the current U.S. grid for decarbonization is laudable (suggesting that all changes could be made within 10 years), it is currently impractical and enormously risky. Part 1 of this four-part series introduced the grid at the edge, how it works, and dealing with risks. Part 2 discusses how to achieve a low-carbon renewable energy power system on the new grid and the dangers of a 10-year timeline.
How to Achieve Low-Carbon Renewable Energy Power System Using New Grid
Alternatively, a modified green proposal could contain nonrenewable energy sources including high-efficiency low-carbon fossil generation supplemented with carbon capture and storage capabilities. A modified green proposal would also require gradually replacing existing nuclear power plants with the advanced small modular reactors (SMR). Such additions would provide the backbone of highly controllable power sources, which would handle the primary task of safe and stable grid power flow. To be effective, this power configuration would require the new grid.
I believe that an objective analysis of the energy and climate interrelationships will reveal that retaining and/or adding to generation, employing new large cleaner fossil and small nuclear reactors is environmentally, technically, and financially prudent. Retaining a prudent selection of fossil and nuclear generation would also simplify and accelerate the implementation of the renewable energy resources
) )DERMS shows the OATI concept for managing the new grid.
How Present System Works
Challenges in Realizing Objectives of New Grid
- The above-mentioned services within a region of an interconnection becomes vital when the region loses one or more of its large electric power production resources and/or its tie-lines to neighboring power systems. This service is currently delivered by some standby resources that can quickly produce and/or increase their production of electric power with a short notice within the impacted region to mitigate overloading its remaining tie-lines. Inability to maintain dependable standby electric power production resources can interrupt electricity supply to a large number of electric power consumers.
- Penetration of intermittent resources like wind and solar will demand a level of operating reserves many times that of the current level.
Priority-based Control Engineering, andformer consulting engineer in American Electric Power's engineering computer application division. "
Parts 3 and 4 of this four-part series will discuss the transition to DERs (old paradigm to new paradigm), hydrogen fuel as a disruptor, and power from hydrogen as a fuel of the future.
- John Gentile – Director of Cascadia Energy Technologies, LLC
- Daniel Udovic, PhD-EE, PE – CEO of Processor Innovations
- Dan Madden, PE – CEO of Eco Energy International
- Nasser Jaleeli, PhD-EE, PE – CEO of Priority-based Control Engineering
- Michael Heyeck, PE – Founder, The Grid Group, LLC
- Tim Lowe, PhD – VP of Eco Energy International
- Harry MacCormack, MFA – Board member of Ten Rivers Food Web
- Bernie Gagliano – Independent consultant and information architect