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Tech Transition

Utility projects advance the state of the art.

Fortnightly Magazine - July 2009

help balance load and generation in real time, and to maintain the voltage frequency levels.”

Additionally, regulators and other state officials will get to see the value and importance of smart-grid technologies now, rather than later.

“There are two big changes coming in California,” Krevat says. “First, renewables are becoming a larger percentage of the energy mix and, in the future, there will be more intermittency issues. We need to be sure we can manage that now, before the problem gets here. Second, electric vehicles are coming. If they recharge at night, that’s great. But if they charge during peak times, that could cause system problems. We don’t know how fast these changes are coming, but we know we’ll need new ways to oversee what’s going on out there.”

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