Lawrence Livermore Receives $1.75 Million to Integrate More Renewable Sources into California's Energy Grid
LLNL is using its computing power and weather-simulating capabilities to help the State of California integrate more renewable energy sources—especially wind and solar—into the state’s massive energy grid. The biggest obstacle to California’s goal of achieving 33 percent renewable energy in the state’s power grid by 2020 is the erratic nature of renewables, such as changes in wind patterns and cloud cover. To overcome this impediment, the California Energy Commission has awarded $1.75 million to fund Livermore’s research on better weather predictions, more efficient wind farm design, optimized strategies for integration and other improvements. These will help California’s utilities maximize their use of renewables while assuring a steady supply of energy for their customers.
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