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With electrification in full swing, concerns are mounting about the grid’s ability to meet demand.  Using load management systems, EV chargers could provide useful data, slow down if they exceed the available power supply or adjust according to the vehicles plugged in.  The U.S. already consumes the equivalent of 30 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy annually and that number is expected to increase.   Can load management systems save the grid and keep customers happy? 

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Benoit Marcoux on Dec 28, 2022

Light duty EVs are not the worst when it comes to electrification, and are beneficial in some ways as it is a very flexible load. Space heating, water heating, electrochemistry, Medium and heavy vehicle fleet electrification, etc. are far more concerning.

If anything, the advent of EVs may get electric utilities growing again: current year-over-year electricity consumption growth (kWh) averages below 1% in North America but was about 2.5% as recently in the 1990s.[1] Perhaps incredibly, yearly growth was about 8% to 10% in the 1950s and 1960s, as a wave of electrification propelled the economy. The ADN of electric utilities includes building the electricity grid and adding capacity.

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