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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group – June 3, 2021

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Load management encompasses the critical strategies of ensuring that power supply and demand meet cleanly at a point that doesn’t stress the grid or cause financial stress on utilities or customers, an area that will be of increasing importance with each passing year. In this monthly digest, we cover the most talked about and newsworthy articles in this space that were published on Energy Central over the past four weeks. We invite you to ‘get a load of this!’ every month and track the load management sector.


COVID-19 and Utilities: The Happy Hour Opportunity

Mirka Karra

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For customers across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic was a stressful time in wondering how they might pay their power bills, and the utility industry did the right thing to step up and ensure people who were struggling financially were able to keep the lights on. In the meantime, though, smart people within the power sector were realizing an opportunity to find new opportunities to reduce customer bills, including the concept of an energy Happy Hour. Framing and branding demand side load management shifts like this will be critical, so I’m curious to hear what you think about this initiative.


Here is a $0.50 bet I will take with any Michigan Regulator!

Doug Houseman

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As we all begin to prepare for the summer season, and utilities recognize what that means for demand loads and pattern shifts, Energy Central Expert Doug Houseman offers up some thoughts about how the grid will manage in Michigan and what it means for a record-high peak incoming. Any takers on this bet?  


NERC warns of tough summer

Henry Craver

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Recent summers have seen customers in various service areas experience public safety power shutoffs, blackouts, rolling brownouts, and the like because of excessive demand and restricted power supply. In this article, Henry shares some warning from NERC on what might be coming this summer, and the comments below this article include some compelling debate on the topic. I invite you to read the article and then dive into that discussion to share your two cents!


Thanks for reading this issue of ‘Get a Load of This!’ See you in this spot in four 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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