At PG&E, we believe that a smarter grid is critical to meeting the energy needs of our customers and addressing the challenges of climate change. That’s why we’re constantly exploring innovative solutions that improve the reliability and efficiency of our grid, while also reducing its impact on the environment. In this article, we’ll share some of the ways in which we’re building a smarter grid with PG&E’s innovative solutions.
Smart Meter Technology
One of the key components of a smarter grid is the use of smart meter technology. Smart meters provide two-way communication between the utility and the customer, allowing for more precise monitoring and control of energy usage. This enables customers to track their energy consumption in real-time, and make informed decisions about how to reduce their energy usage and save money on their bills. Smart meters also provide valuable data that can be used to optimize the grid, improve outage management, and prevent energy theft.
Another key solution in building a smarter grid is the use of energy storage. Energy storage systems can be used to store excess energy from renewable sources, such as solar or wind, for use during times of high demand. This reduces the need for fossil fuel-based power plants and improves the reliability and resilience of the grid. PG&E is working to deploy multiple energy storage projects across its service territory, including battery storage systems and pumped hydroelectric storage.
Renewable energy is an essential component of a smarter grid. PG&E is committed to increasing the amount of renewable energy in its power mix, with a goal of reaching 55% renewable energy by 2031. We’re achieving this through a combination of utility-scale renewable projects, such as solar and wind farms, and customer-sited renewable projects, such as rooftop solar. By diversifying our energy mix and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, we’re building a more sustainable and resilient grid for the future.
As the transportation sector shifts towards electrification, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming an increasingly important part of the energy landscape. PG&E is working to support the growth of EVs by building out the necessary charging infrastructure, offering incentives to customers who install EV charging stations, and working with automakers to develop new technologies. By integrating EVs into the grid, we can help to balance energy supply and demand and provide additional storage capacity during times of high demand.
Distributed Energy Resources
Distributed energy resources (DERs) are a key component of a smarter grid. DERs include a variety of small-scale, localized power sources, such as rooftop solar, energy storage, and microgrids. By leveraging these resources, we can reduce the strain on the grid and improve its reliability and resiliency. PG&E is actively working to integrate DERs into its grid, including through the deployment of advanced distribution management systems and the use of virtual power plants.
Building a smarter grid is a critical part of addressing the challenges of climate change and meeting the energy needs of our customers. At PG&E, we’re committed to exploring innovative solutions that improve the efficiency and reliability of our grid, while also reducing its impact on the environment. Through the use of smart meter technology, energy storage, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and distributed energy resources, we’re building a more sustainable and resilient grid for the future. Join us on this journey towards a smarter, cleaner energy future.