PESD works to help keep the lights on with a high-renewables grid

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Late summer heat waves are getting worse due to climate change, and this can put extreme stress on California's electricity grid -- especially when the sun sets and solar energy disappears. Researchers at FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) have worked with staff at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop policies to ensure system reliability even as the grid's share of intermittent wind and solar energy increases. PESD's web-based Energy Market Game has allowed the team to prototype these policies in Stanford courses as well as workshops with energy regulators, showing that they can provide significant benefits for power markets with high shares of renewable energy. Article link