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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Northern Arizona University
Historically, the US power grid has primarily treated electricity demand as a (mostly) unalterable requirement that must be met by ramping dispatchable generation up or down to adjust the electricity supply. This system creates several drawbacks, including i) challenges associated with integrating intermittent renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) that cannot be dispatched; and ii) inefficient use of resources, since the transmission, distribution, and generation systems must be built to meet the peak demand even though the peak occurs only a few hours during each year. Demand-side management (DSM) approaches can alter the net electricity required from the… [more]View Discussion
Full Title: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Various Electric Reliability Improvement Projects from the End Users’ Perspective Author(s): N/A Publisher(s): National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Publication Date: 11/2013 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): This report provides two of the three deliverables for the Cost Benefit Analysis of Various Electric Reliability Improvement Projects from the End Users’ Perspective. One of the two deliverables included in this report is a Summary Analysis of the cost to customers (residential, commercial, and industrial) of extended outages provided by day of the week, each 4 day combination of weekday and weekends, and a week. The other deliverable is a section of… [more]View Discussion