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Get a Load of This! Bi-Weekly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- January 16, 2020

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For the first time in 2020, I’m thrilled to bring you the next issue of the ‘Get a Load of This!’ Load Management Digest. If you didn’t catch our first issue, this will be a space where every two weeks I’ll review the best content that was submitted to the Load Management Group, the headlines that caused the most discussion among our members, and summarize the most important information that you may have missed if you’ve been too busy to keep up with the stream of valuable content always being submitted by Energy Central’s community members focused on load management technologies, policies, markets, and practices.

Please read on and click through to the links to see the best of what we had to offer in the first half of January 2020! And if you think there’s a story that should have been covered but wasn’t, don’t hesitate to fill that gap yourself. Submit articles, links, white papers and more to the Load Management Group and you may be featured in the next issue of ‘Get a Load of This!’

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Why Time Has Arrived For Flexible Demand

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/em/why-time-has-arrived-flexible-demand

The underlying idea behind the increasingly prevalent practice of load management is that the best way to match supply and demand isn’t necessarily to build out more generation, but rather a few tweaks to markets and practices of utilities that can encourage customers to adjust their habits in a way that avoids peak demand, while compensating these flexible customers for their abilities. In this article, Fereidoon Sioshansi, President of Menlo Energy Economics, digs into why it appears that we’re in a critical moment for flexible demand. By surveying California’s well-known duck curve to the more dramatic curve in South Australia and heading to Europe to investigate how flexible demand is affecting Italy, Fereidoon gives a much-needed global perspective on the practice and the promise that the coming years show to utilities everywhere for these flexible demand strategies.

The emergence of grid-interactive buildings

Link to the original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/em/emergence-grid-interactive-buildings

While utilities market structures and strategies are critical to any sort of load management, it goes without saying that one of the reasons these practices are now possible is because of advances in smart technologies. With that in mind, Mike Barker, the Director of BuildingPhysics South Africa, shared some valuable insights with the group on how grid-interactive buildings as a complete system are empowering even greater flexibility for utilities and their customers to tap into this opportunity. In a great bit of insight into why such investments are worthwhile, Mike takes a forward-looking perspective:

Another benefit is the ability to shape the load profile according to future tariff rate structures, giving the building the flexibility to continue to provide grid benefits and financial returns to owners no matter how energy and power are procured in the future.

These technological advances will continue to play a key role, so hopefully Mike will keep us apprised on the relevant developments.

 

Storing Grid Power in EV Batteries Could Level Out Utility Peaks, Save Owners $560 Per Year

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/um/storing-grid-power-ev-batteries-could-level-out-utility-peaks-save-owners-560-0

When it comes to empowering everyday utility customers to participate in the load management strategies, one of the most prevalent areas is with electric vehicles. Because EV drivers don’t care about when their cars charge, so long as they are fully charged in the morning when they are set to leave the house, using smart charging as a way to shift utility demand around is a keen and growing way towards load management. As EVs become a larger part of the world’s fleets, this will only become more true (as well as become more important thanks to the greater plug load cars are set to take up). With this in mind, ‘The Energy Mix’ blog posted an insightful article on the results of a pilot from Southern California Edison of such EV load management, which included owners hundreds of dollars. This article it self is worth checking out, but so is the debate that took place in the comments section (continually among the most valuable aspects of the Energy Central Community—if you’re not reading and participating in the comments section of relevant articles, I strongly suggest you give them a look!). The debate about the pros and cons and the kinks that may need to be worked out about these strategies is just as valuable as the article itself!

Energy Central Power Perspectives™: Getting to Know Michael Khachiki, Expert in the Load Management Community

Link to original article: https://www.energycentral.com/c/em/energy-central-power-perspectives%E2%84%A2-getting-know-michael-khachiki-expert-load

Lastly is an interview I recently conducted with Michael Khachiki. Michael is one of the Load Management community’s registered experts, having spent many years in the industry and who is currently tapping into the world of decentralizing energy systems—a principle that the world of load management taps right into. The experts, such as Michael, are an invaluable resource to the members of Energy Central in their ability to provide insights and resources, and even directly answer your questions through our Q&A function. So, this interview series is to continue to give you an insight into who exactly these experts are and open your eyes to how much they can provide you if you just utilize them! Michael’s was posted during the holiday week, so I wanted to be sure to include it here as well so you don’t miss it.

 

 

That’s it for this edition of ‘Get a Load of This!’ See you in this spot in two weeks to go over the great content that will be coming between now and then!

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