What do you do when the rules change? When these California wind turbines were installed (up to 30 years ago), owners could just turn them on and make money. But now it's different.
Now returns are based on a minute-by-minute market price for electricity. If turbines are on while the price is high, owners make money. If they're on when the price dips into negative territory, owners LOSE money. And if the regional authority demands all turbines be turned off, owners must comply within 10 minutes or face stiff penalties.
You can't keep enough operators out in the desert 24 hours a day to handle this manually. Watch how SCADA Solutions' remote monitoring and control system brought these wind turbines into the 21st Century.
Turbines take control.
In the Internet of Things (IoT), some things will no longer require constant human attention. Here humans set up the system and oversee it, but turbines gear up or down by themselves, based on market prices.