Getting More Renewable Energy into the State Grid

The Bay Area Council on Thursday (Sept. 11, 2014) was pleased to host California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman in conversation with Recurrent Energy CEO Arno Harris about the challenges of incorporating a greater proportion of renewable energy into the state’s power grid. The discussion was hosted by the Council’s 21st Century Infrastructure Task Force, which is co-chaired by Tony Earley, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corp., and Ken McNeely, AT&T California President.

One of the main hurdles Peterman and Harris discussed is the intermittency of renewable energy supplies, particularly during peak demand times. They also talked about the blurring of lines between energy generators and consumers. Possible solutions include developing new energy storage capabilities and real-time demand response. Peterman likened the problem to changing a car engine while the car is racing down the freeway. The two emphasized the importance of effective communications networks for enabling real-time information needed to manage supply and demand.

Watch the full discussion with CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman and Recurrent Energy CEO Arno Harris.

To engage in the Council’s 21st Century Energy and Communications Infrastructure Initiative, contact Policy Vice President Michael Cunningham.

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