Steve Mitnick is President of Lines Up, Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Public Utilities Fortnightly, and author of “Lines Down: How We Pay, Use, Value Grid Electricity Amid the Storm.”
PUF: What are we looking at here?
Paul Hofmann: This demo is about improving capacity utilization and generation for utilities. We use a wind farm to show how to improve the installed capacity. We start with a dashboard. Using it we can do a deep dive to see the maximum capacity that we could achieve.
We have a natural loss of capacity because the wind doesn't blow all the time. Then we have a technical loss because the windmill is not up all the time — it has to be repaired or updated.