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UA, Power Utilities Join Forces to Track Renewable Supply vs. Demand

By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Power1Seven Southwestern power generators and the University of Arizona have joined to form the UA Renewable Energy Network to track green power generation by the utilities. The Southwest Variable Energy Resource Initiative (UA-REN and SVERI) tracks power generation from conventional and renewable energy facilities compared with demand.

Intended to show the relationship between power generation sources and demand, the participants are linked to the UA-REN center in Tucson. Data are acquired every two hours from the participating utilities, and can be seen in a series of charts created interactively at the UA-REN SVERI website.

Data can be scaled on an hourly basis or over a user-selected calendar.

Robert Kondziolka, SRP’s director of transmission and generation operations and chair of the management committee for SVERI, who was quoted in a prepared statement, said that the challenges caused by integrating renewable energy in other regions was a driver behind the program

SVERI was formed in 2012 to evaluate the penetration, locations and operating characteristics of variable energy resources within the Southwest during the next 20 years.

Energy in the Southwest by source, May and June 2014. Graph credit: University of Arizona Renewable Energy Network.

Energy in the Southwest by source, May and June 2014. Graph credit: University of Arizona Renewable Energy Network.