Smart devices to schedule electricity use may prevent blackouts

Posted: November 12, 2020 by oldbrew in Energy, weather
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May – or may not? Electricity users will need to be re-educated to show ‘responsibility’, it seems, and to submit to ‘demand side control’ in future. So the power provider may decide when, or which, items of plug-in electrical equipment can or cannot be used in your local area at any given time, or vary its charges, as already happens in some contracts. The idea of having adequate resources of electricity generation is no longer put forward as the desired standard. Into this new set-up they want to bring millions of electric vehicles and abolish domestic gas heating systems, straining credibility.
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Power plants generate electricity and send it into power lines that distribute energy to nodes, or sites, where it can be used, says TechXplore.

But if the electricity load is more than the system’s capacity, transmission can fail, leading to a cascade of failures throughout the electric grid.

This domino effect was responsible for the largest blackout in U.S. history in 2003, which left 55 million Americans and Canadians without power at an estimated cost of $6 billion.

An even larger blackout in 2015 affected 57 million people in Italy.

Blackouts cause ripple effects throughout the economies they affect, and they can be dangerous for people depending on electronics in hospitals.

In a paper published in Chaos, the authors show demand side control may be an effective solution to stabilizing the reliability of power grids that use a mix of energy generation sources.

Pere Colet and colleagues factored the effects of demand side management into power grids using a model to simulate the rapid fluctuations involved and tested the system under different demand loads.

The authors extended a model for the complex dynamics of blackouts in power grids to include three important factors: intraday variability (peaks in electricity demand when people wake up or come home from work), power bursts caused by simultaneous switching on of many electric devices (either by chance or by large factories), and the effect of managing demand (using devices that delay switching on until the grid is more clear) on the power grid.

“With a growing fraction of electric energy generated from wind and solar power plants, which are subject to weather changes, fluctuations will increase, and we have to consider different control approaches to balance the system,” Colet said. “Devices that are smart enough to postpone certain tasks can help. This is what is known as demand side management.”

Full article here.

Comments
  1. cognog2 says:

    Smart meters are the ultimate Big Brother control mechanism. They would no longer need to arrest you if they don’t like you. All they need to do is switch off your access to power. You may eventually get redress but in the meantime you will have served your sentence.

  2. JB says:

    “This is what is known as demand side management.”
    But that is not what is actually happening, and I’m not persuaded by their verbal obfuscation.

    I control our demand by switching off unnecessary loads to conserve my bank account. Isn’t that what most customers do? If the utility cannot provide sufficient power for our minimal needs, I generate my own. A smaller inconvenience than being subject to their capricious, self-serving paradigms.

    We don’t need their control. We need their stability. These people are always staring down the wrong end of the pipe.

  3. oldbrew says:

    “The implementation of demand side management techniques may be quite helpful in preventing blackouts,” Colet said. “One important aspect is that the customers will need to be trained to respond with social responsibility to the situations of the demand and learn to adapt to the situation. That will be particularly important when renewable energy sources are in use”.
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    It’s not for the providers to prevent blackouts, it’s for the users to ‘learn to adapt’. IOW it’s your problem not theirs 🙃

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘This domino effect was responsible for the largest blackout in U.S. history in 2003, which left 55 million Americans and Canadians without power at an estimated cost of $6 billion.

    An even larger blackout in 2015 affected 57 million people in Italy.’

    Skeert yet?

    The uncorrupted would see their argument as AGAINST wind and solar. “IOW it’s your problem not theirs.” Exactly. Usage can exceed supply, therefore, we must control usage. Short supply is to be accepted. You will learn to love it.

    ‘Blackouts cause ripple effects throughout the economies they affect, and they can be dangerous for people depending on electronics in hospitals.’

    They are just lying now. Hospitals have systems to handle utility outages.

    “With a growing fraction of electric energy generated from wind and solar power plants, which are subject to weather changes, fluctuations will increase, and we have to consider different control approaches to balance the system”

    The system isn’t the solution; the system is the problem.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Smart devices to schedule electricity use may prevent blackouts

    Electricity schedules? Notorious in many parts of the third world for a long time, but now being extended to everyone else. And called smart.

  6. Clyde says:

    In third-world countries for the most part, they can keep the lights on most of the time… the problem lies in water delivery.

    Nearly all the third-world countries I’ve visited have had low water pressure and intermittent delivery (at times, pressure in the mains would be negative… open a tap and air rushes in).

    Now conflate that to what the liberals want for America with electricity… essentially that amounts to brown-outs, outright blackouts and (because getting the grid back up after a widespread outage isn’t as simple as merely pumping water into the water main) infrequent long-term outages.

    Unreliable power delivery destroys industry. Is it any wonder that they target that specific industry, then?

    In other words, America is slipping into banana republic third-world status. This is by design… the liberal globalists have outright stated that in order to ‘save the environment’, industrialized civilization must collapse, and it is their job to bring that about. They’ve written books and pamphlets about the destruction of civilization and the genocide of billions… and these people doing the writing work in high positions at the UN!

    That those third-world countries are generally more polluting (and polluted) than a civilized and industrialized society, and that the UN and other Malthusians have outright admitted that ‘climate policy’ isn’t about the climate at all means it’s about their Malthusian belief that mankind is a cancer, and their desire to, quite literally, destroy civilization while enriching and empowering themselves (thereby proving that it is they who are the cancer).

    It’s a deadly game of ‘King of the Hill’, and the Malthusians are deluded enough to believe they’ll be the last ones standing… history proves this wrong. Their type are generally dragged out of their holes and burned in ditches, or strung up from a lamp-post, or disposed of via firing squad.

    I say we should be proactive this time around. Why allow hundreds of millions or even billions to die for their delusional aims? Cut the head off the snake, and the snake dies. We know who they are, they’ve been very open lately about their aims.

  7. pochas94 says:

    When you allow politicians to run your critical systems, that’s what you get.

  8. Phillip Bratby says:

    Welcome to the third world, courtesy of the idiot politicians who have been in charge for over 30years.

  9. ivan says:

    This is another ‘cart before the horse’ ideological idea of wackademics that have no idea how the real world works.

    They obviously have no idea that if you have a problem with unreliable intermittent power generation the answer is to get more reliable generators built and on line to supply the demand not to artificially try to regulate the demand.

    When you have sufficient reliable generation you can then dump the unreliable generators unless they can guarantee to supply a fixed amount of power for a fixed time that is more than a few hours duration – since non of the ‘renewable’ generators can do that why build and use them?

  10. tom0mason says:

    Nobody realized that SMART was an acronym for Social Monitoring and Recording Technology — NWO’s most powerful tool to control nations.
    Soon much of which the government will devolve it’s power to a non-departmental public bodies, all such amenities will be under the control of Water and Sanitation, Power (aka WaSP-Quango), and controlled by a committee that’s guided by UN-NGOs.

    You think not?

  11. saighdear says:

    Huh, just more like this in the Register: https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/12/hp_free_printing/
    So for starters, Joe Public should REFUSE to purchase / get involved/SUPPORT such Companies where there are software updates o the hardware which can prevent it’s legitimate use after purchase: John Deere and others had a Cort case in USA some years ago regarding ‘who owns the machineand the rights to repair it’ ….. The swamp continues to be FED, it seems.

  12. Phoenix44 says:

    Ah the wonders of Green progress. At some point the reduction in our wealth is going to hit hard those in what are luxury jobs – media, academia, quangos – and they are going to be left wondering what happened. It will be small comfort to the rest of us but at least some comfort.

  13. Dave Ward says:

    “If the utility cannot provide sufficient power for our minimal needs, I generate my own”

    Since National Grid recently issued 2 “Electricity Margin Notices” within a couple of days, I figured it was time to give the old generator a run up. It took a bit of persuasion to start, but was soon running like a good ‘un. Next task is to fill the Jerry cans up…

  14. Curious George says:

    Just add a little Artificial Intelligence, and they’ll switch your power off two minutes before a possible blackout trigger. No more blackouts. Of course, you will be left in the dark anyway.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Another way to avoid power outages…

    France relights coal power plants to keep the lights on
    Date: 13/11/20 Europe1 News

    This is the epilogue of a long story: the government will pay 377 million euros to compensate EDF for the closure of the two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant.
    . . .
    Since September, France has relighted four coal-fired power stations with high CO2 emissions to partially offset the shutdown at Fessenheim and the lack of wind for the wind turbines. Since September EDF has also had to occasionally import gas and coal-generated electricity from Germany at a very high cost.
    [bold added]

    https://www.thegwpf.com/france-restarts-coal-power-plants-to-keep-the-lights-on/
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    But no shortage of ‘wind’ from climate obsessed leaders. Fessenheim as the name suggests is near the German border, which may be related to its early closure.

    Why was Fessenheim so controversial?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53233385

  16. Gamecock says:

    Life imitating art.

    “The People’s Revolutionary Strike Force”

    The Enforcer, 1976.

  17. oldbrew says:

    When they say ‘look, we kept the lights on’ — check whether the smartmeter-controlled freezer is still operating.

  18. […] “Electricity users will need to be re-educated to show ‘responsibility’, it seems, and to submit to ‘demand side control’ in future. So the power provider may decide when, or which, items of plug-in electrical equipment can or cannot be used in your local area at any given time, or vary its charges, as already happens in some contracts. The idea of having adequate resources of electricity generation is no longer put forward as the desired standard. Into this new set-up they want to bring millions of electric vehicles and abolish domestic gas heating systems, straining credibility.” (link) […]

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