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2013 -14 Seminars


Using Transactive Load to Balance the Electric Grid

George  Baker
CEO
VCharge
Senior Lecturer
Harvard University

Abstract
Transactive Load -- load that communicates with the grid and reacts in real time to grid conditions -- has the potential to increase grid resilience and make high renewables penetration possible without the need for extensive new transmission or traditional and expensive storage technologies. This talk will discuss the potential for Transactive Load, and show what VCharge, a smart grid company in Providence RI, has done aggregating heat load to provide hourly and second-to-second grid balancing with thermal storage assets in PJM and ISO-New England. The need for this type of technology on the European grid will also be discussed.