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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- July 2, 2020

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Welcome back to another issue of ‘Get a Load of This!’—my silly attempt to dive into puns while I also share with you what Load Management stories you most need to read if you haven’t been paying attention for the past month. As always, there’s plenty of really interesting developments going on in the utility space, especially as fallout from COVID-19 and the resulting economic woes continue to play out, so you’ll see that reflected in the top stories from the past four weeks. You’ll also see a diversity of approaches and topics generally. So if you’ve been too head down to really keep abreast of the Load Management news during June, fear not—I’ve got your back!


Matt Chester

Community Manager


The Times They are a Changing’

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In this piece, we hear from James Riley, a Partner at Appos Advisors, on the topic of complex and confusing time-of-use rates and how those complications may make the results of utilizing TOU as a load managing strategy less effective. The compelling takeaway is the personal story James shares wherein his own utility rate structure throws him for a loop and causes confusion, and he’s knee deep in the utility industry everyday for work. So if he struggles, what does that mean for his neighbor that doesn’t think about his utility company more than once per month?


Enhancing rate design choices for Ontarians

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Another area where rate structures are in focus right now appears to be Ontario, Canada. In this piece, Ahmad Faruqui (Principal at Brattle) shares his and colleague Neil Lessem’s views on the developments in Ontario where the Premier has discussed certain TOU provisions that were instituted in the late 2000’s that had made Ontario a world leader in smart power rate design.

Given the high profile nature that Ontario’s initial smart rate structure set up, another submission to the Load Management this community touched upon the happenings, as Paul Bolte of Building Future Innovation shared a link about the ‘huge benefit’ to using batteries in Ontario’s industrial peak reduction opportunity.


Awesome Energy Data Visualization

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One of the most compelling energy-related stories coming out of COVID-19 will be the study of changes in energy demand profiles and consumption patterns. As such, it’s only appropriate that Miha Grabner (Data Scientist with Electric Power Research Institute Milan Vidmar) shared his tutorial and educational submission on how to create great electricity demand data visualizations. I expect to see many of these such graphs in the coming years as this period of change is studied!


Charging Ahead on the Future of Energy Storage: Call for Submissions for the Energy Central Upcoming Special Issue

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Last but not least, I wanted to share a quick plug for Energy Central’s upcoming Special Issues Newsletter on the topic of Energy Storage. If this is an area you work in, have studied, or have strong opinions about, we encourage you to submit an article for consideration. Final submissions are due on July 20 and the issue will deploy live on July 30.


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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