3 Ways to Make Our Electric System Stronger Using Energy EfficiencySwitchboard, June 25, 2014
California has long proven that saving energy is good for our wallets, good for the air we breathe, and good for meeting our environmental goals. But California is in the forefront of proving something new: that saving energy actually can make our electric system stronger.
At a recent gathering of prominent energy leaders in California, the brightest minds put forward ideas that show how we can increase the amount of energy we save while enjoying the same level of services and comfort and, at the same time, make our electric grid more resilient. After a discussion among top thinkers within the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the electric utilities, California Independent System Operator (the group that manages the flow of electricity over all the wires and boxes in our electric system) , and in the energy efficiency industry, three top ways to use energy efficiency as a grid reliability tool emerged: