Growing environmental concerns and energy security considerations have spearheaded increased deployment of renewable energy resources in grids all over the world. However, limited control capabilities and uncertainty associated with renewables poses a challenge to the conventional "load-following" operational strategy adopted by the grid operators. Engaging the demand-side in power grid operations is a potential solution to address this challenge. This talk provides an overview of ways in which consumers can participate in grid management and the benefits associated with their participation. The talk also describes technology solutions being developed at IITB to equip consumers with information needed to facilitate their participation in grid operations. Specifically, the energy management platform being developed for a classroom in the lecture hall complex will be presented. Studies demonstrating the use of this platform for detecting energy wastage and optimizing energy use will also be discussed.
Anupama Kowli is an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. She is a researcher in the area of electricity markets, energy economics, resource planning and power system operation and control. She received her Masters and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Anupama was a visiting scholar at University of Florida. She interned as an energy consultant at KEMA Inc and as a control engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.