Weekend Reads: Eclipse vs. the Grid; Paris 2024's Carbon Footprint - Smart Energy Decisions

Demand Management, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Solar  -  March 30, 2024

Weekend Reads: Eclipse vs. the Grid; Paris 2024's Carbon Footprint

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web:

Could April’s eclipse impact the power grid? Our energy expert says not to worry (Columbia Climate School)  On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of North America, following a narrow track from Mexico through the U.S. and all the way to Canada. While many eclipse chasers and casual observers are excited for this rare phenomenon, there have also been concerns about how the eclipse might impact areas that rely on solar power along the way.

Indiana, Purdue installing wireless charging for EVs on highway in a first for US (IndyStar)  Work will begin soon in Tippecanoe County on the first segment of highway in the U.S. that will wirelessly charge electric vehicles as they travel, a project that could help define the future of EV charging. The Indiana Department of Transportation is teaming up with Purdue University and Cummins, Inc. to install the technology on a state highway in West Lafayette as part of a pilot project.

Halving the carbon footprint of the Games (Paris 2024) Faced with the greatest challenge humanity has ever known, the world’s largest event is taking on unprecedented responsibilities to limit the climate impact of the Games. Guided by the principles of moderation, innovation and boldness, Paris 2024 is setting a new standard for the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paris 2024’s goal is an ambitious one: to cut the carbon footprint of the Games in half compared with previous editions. 

Surge of new US-led oil and gas activity threatens to wreck Paris climate goals (The Guardian)  The world’s fossil-fuel producers are on track to nearly quadruple the amount of extracted oil and gas from newly approved projects by the end of this decade, with the U.S. leading the way in a surge of activity that threatens to blow apart agreed climate goals, a new report has found.

A new era of price-based demand response emerges, but utilities and regulators need proof of its potential (UtilityDive)  Demand response can be more than traditional load control if flexible power system support from programs aggregating customer-owned resources is properly valued, new research finds. Utilities that recognize how price-based demand response, or PBDR, programs can change customer electricity usage through price signals may find them the most cost-effective planning option, a November 2023 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or LBNL, study found. But cost-effectiveness requires a complete analysis of factors that impact participation in and load reductions of PBDR programs.

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