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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- June 4, 2020

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Welcome back to ‘Get a Load of This!’, the monthly digest where I bring to you some of the highlights for the past four weeks of content in the Load Management Group. We’ve had some great content come in, centered around a number of hot topics. Obviously the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rear its head in the world of load management for utilities, we’ve seen the start of a really insightful load forecasting tutorial from our of our community members, and a new Load Management Expert has joined the ranks who can offer insights for those seeking it and we were able to feature an introductory interview with him.

So catch up on the latest and greatest in the world of Load Management via this digest, and as always let me know if there are stories I missed that you think need further highlighting!

Matt Chester

Community Manager


COVID Impacts on the Load Profiles of the Grid Across the World

You can’t throw a stone at a newspaper (or online digital publication) without hitting a headline about the ongoing COVID-19 situation. And understandably, its impact on the utility sector continues to be a big story. Within the world of load management professionals, one of the most compelling trends to track has been how the stay-at-home measures and other fallout from the crisis has impacted load profiles on the grid. Those interested have also found it compelling to compare these trends across different countries, as there is a lot of data ripe to be studied. In particular, the above links have investigated and detailed the impacts on the grid in the United States, in Slovenia, and in Germany. What conclusions and trends can be drawn when looking at these stories in aggregate?


Load Forecasting Tutorial by Miha Grabner

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the start of this great load forecasting tutorial series from Miha Grabner, Data Scientist with the Electric Power Research Institute Milan Vidmar. The full series promises to be 6 parts and will unfold over the coming weeks, but we’ve been lucky to see parts 1, 2, and 3. These pieces have already become quite popular in the Load Management Group, and I encourage you to check them out so you’re prepared for when part 4 (on evaluating model performance) drops soon!


Energy Central Power Perspectives™: Welcome Dean Chuang, New Expert in the Load Management Community

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Last, but not least, we had the honor of introducing Dean Chuang as the latest Expert to join the Load Management Community. The Energy Central Network of Experts is a vetted grouping of thought leaders, executives, and decision-makers in the utility industry. Each of our communities has designated experts who can answer questions, provide advanced insights, and be a great resource for members of the group looking to learn more. Dean Chuang is an independent consultant who brings many years of experience working in the field, and this interview gives you some insights into his background, his areas of focus, and what great experience he’s bringing to help make the Load Management Group even greater! Definitely read this interview and then be sure to leave a comment to welcome Dean to the group!



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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