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Energy Grid of the Future - Self Study

by Fortunat Mueller • Last updated 08/2021

4.4/5 (view ratings)
181 students
1 module
1:33 hours
4 assignments

Course description

This course was originally presented at BuildingEnergy Boston 2020, a conference presented by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)

Come hear the results of the “Grid of the Future” pilot program, which offered Maine homeowners a discount on smart appliances (heat pumps, water heaters, smart EV chargers, and batteries) in exchange for allowing aggregated remote control of those devices as a “Virtual Peaker” power plant. The virtual power plant was controlled to demonstrate the potential value of aggregated, controllable distributed energy resources including reducing the need for fossil-fuel peaker plants, reducing transmission costs, and enabling deeper penetration of renewable energy on the regional grid. Virtual power plants allow homeowners, businesses, and communities to work together with smart technology to reduce costs and pollution. What did we learn about how remote or automated management of appliances can save money and improve the reliability of the grid?

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • • Discuss the energy grid and markets – how demand peaks contribute to overall costs
  • • Articulate how aggregated distributed energy resources can be used for load shaping
  • • Articulate the ways in which load shaping can reduce demands peaks, therefore saving infrastructure costs and reducing traditional fossil fuel needs
  • • Identify how load flexibility is an important component of Beneficial Electrification

Full course outline

Module 1 - Energy Grid of the Future

  • Energy Grid of the Future (01:33:04 hours)
  • OPTIONAL: Subscribe to NESEA Communications

Author

Fortunat Mueller

Co-Founder, ReVision Energy

Fortunat Mueller is a partner and co founder of ReVision Energy, Maine’s largest full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Liberty and Portland, Maine and Brentwood and Enfield, NH, as well as North Andover, MA, serving all of ME,... Learn more

Ratings

4.4
27 reviews

181 students have taken this course

by Ahsan Rasheed 08/22/2022

Great as always

by alfredo p 05/14/2021

by Ayomide Isaac Orekunrin, Engr., Inlaks Limited 03/26/2021

Educative and insightful

by Lance Brown 12/26/2020

This provided an excellent primer on peak electrical load in New England and the associated fuel sources, followed by a case study exploring what we can do about it.

by Tim Wulling 12/15/2020

Shifting load to match generation will become more and more important as renewables become a large part of electric generation. This course does well at showing the shifting situation and what to do about it.

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