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Key question remains, such as what is considered off-peak, does your utility have time of use pricing, and how do utilities best determine and off-peak hours as the concept seems to be a moving target especially as more electric vehicles shift the “peaks” and “troughs” of EV charging.
Ah, I'm always looking to add new podcasts for the energy nerd in me to my rotation-- glad to hear you're on iTunes so it's easy to do so! This topic in particular has me excited. Utility load flexibility programs will become smarter before they get bigger This has me really looking forward to it
Storage as an asset is better suited to regions like California where excess generation during certain periods can be shifted to appear on the grid later. That might have been a feasible solution for West Zone a few years ago (when wind was there but drilling demand hadn't ramped) but is less appropriate now. Behind the meter batteries can shift demand at an individual meter, but do not...
Welcome New Expert Interview Series: Derek Kirchner, Director of Demand Response at Consumers Energy and New Expert in the Load Management Community
In the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley, would-be tech baron Richard Hendricks attempts to create a “decentralized internet” by downloading an app designed by his company on thousands of cell phones at a tech conference. The effort fails, but Hendricks’ overall project ends up succeeding when the company’s proprietary algorithm is installed on hundreds of thousands of smart fridges instead,...
I'd say in vertically integrated territories, the most important changes will be to the regulatory structure and the way that utilities are compensated. Since vertically integrated utilities can directly own and rate-base peaker plants, the ability for load management technologies to reduce peak load will have a more significant impact on their revenue stream.