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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- February 13, 2020

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Finding ways to shift the load on the grid—whether that’s shifting it in time of use, shifting it to storage, shifting where it’s coming from, and more—is such a compelling topic with new ideas being implemented in utilities all the time, both in pilot projects and full-fledged integrations. While each utility and market will have different constraints and market needs, learning from what your neighbor or peer on the other side of the country is doing can be invaluable so you’re not reinventing the wheel unnecessarily. That sharing is what the Load Management Group on Energy Central is all about, but if you’ve been head down in your own organization’s project you might have missed out on some of the most recent developments. Fear not, though, because the “Get a Load of This!” bi-weekly digest is here just for you, highlighting the most compelling and popular content in the group from the last two weeks.

So here’s what you may have missed recently…

 Matt Chester

Community Manager


Microgrids and battery storage – industrial use cases

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While much of load management implementation is all about strategy and providing consumer incentives, numerous technological advances in recent years (and years to come) are unlocking that potential more than ever before. The headline technologies to keep an eye on in the load management sphere continue to be microgrids and energy storage, and in this article by Christoph Riekert of E.ON Energie Deutschland we hear more about those technologies are opening doors for load management in large industrial customers. Given that sector’s immense energy usage but ability to time-shift more readily than others, it’s no wonder the load management community is interested to focus on it in the immediate future.


FERC Partially Approves NYISO Compliance Filing Concerning Energy Storage Resources

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As energy storage technology advances, the regulatory and policy background surrounding them will continue to take immense focus. Daniel Spitzer, a partner at the law firm Hodgson Russ LLP, takes our community through an explainer of a recent FERC decision regarding how energy storage will interact with the NYISO market, which surely has immense implications for the load management capabilities of the state’s utility sector moving forward. Keep an eye on these insightful summaries by Daniel to stay on top of the status of the New York market.


How to Keep the Lights on in the Era of 100% Clean Energy Targets

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While affordability of power and decreasing emissions associated with the grid are great areas of focus as utilities move forward, they remain at least half a step below the importance of reliance of power supply and, as this article calls it, keeping the lights on. Because reliability needs to remain top priority, this blog post from Advanced Energy Economy highlights the way to balance these multiple features that sometimes inherently compete, showing that it may not be easy but there are methods of resource adequacy to “take into account the reliability needs of a changing grid with different kinds of resources and more elastic demand. Those all create new needs for flexible and responsive resources, making the plain megawatts of capacity procured by existing resource adequacy constructs less and less valuable to reliability and consumers.”

A Growing Number of Communities Are Telling Developers to Make Their Buildings Electric

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The electrification of buildings, replacing gas with electric means of cooking and heating, has become a lightning rod of a topic in the past year or so. Peter Key takes a look at some recent stories in this debate and how the situation is developing, even noting how an ACEEE blog noted that building electrification “was likely to boost their overall demand and could clip the peak demands of some from summer to winter.” This type of an evolution of natural power demand would surely have immense implication on load management strategies. Are your utilities taking these downstream effects into account when planning load management strategy today?



Thanks for reading this issue 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! This spot can feature the insights from you or the major stories at your organization—so don’t be shy about sharing your content on the Load Management Group today!


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