Help make 25% more clean energy possible with your dishwasher

November 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Renewable energy resources (especially sun and wind) are clean and everlasting. But there’s a big problem: they’re intermittent. Utilities can’t turn them on or off, or ramp them up or down as needed. Winds can be gusty, and clouds can cause solar panel output to plummet in seconds.

To make sure the lights stay on, the National Electric Reliability Council requires utilities to maintain a generation reserve. This means that utilities must keep “iron in the ground” (usually a natural gas combustion turbine) standing by to cover electric demand in case renewable sources wane. So for each kilowatt of wind or solar power, utilities must have a replacement kW of “iron” ready to kick in at a moment’s notice.

This is not only expensive, but also harmful to the environment.

The solution: smart energy demand — which home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool says can do this job in spades…

Full story: How your dishwasher can help make 25% more clean energy possible

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Entry filed under: consumer benefits, consumer energy feedback, demand response, Reliability, Renewables, Research, smart energy demand, Smart Grid, Utilities.

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