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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 30, 2020

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New energy policy proposals, technical advancements, and efficiency programs seem to be thrown out every day, it’s quite a whirlwind! But an important aspect of energy management that mustn’t be overlooked is the potential impact that simply shifting energy use around during the course of the day can have—with the same generation and T&D assets, more customers’ needs can be met in an affordable way, with customers potentially even saving on their utility bill for participating. The strategies enacted by utilities and the technologies pushed to market to assist in this endeavor are rapidly advancing, so let’s dive into the past four weeks of time on the Energy Central Load Management Community to see what’s gotten the community of Load Management Professionals talking lately!

Enjoy,

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

PS: You’ll note a number of stories have to do with energy storage, as our just released Special Issue on Energy Storage really captured attention and is quite pertinent to the world of load management—check out the full suite of energy storage submissions to this special feature here.

 

Massachusetts and Vermont Crack the Code on Distributed Energy Storage

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/massachusetts-and-vermont-crack-code-distributed-energy-storage

In this first article, we hear from Todd Olinksy-Paul, a Senior Policy Director at the Clean Energy Group / Clean Energy State Alliance. He writes about some neat programs taking place in New England that are utilizing energy storage as a means of reducing peak demand on the grid. The two programs by these states, ConnectedSolutions and BYOD, represent two different strategies in play to advance load management to new frontiers, but they both highlight how the rapidly advancing energy storage technologies are bring new tools into play.

 

Charging Ahead on the Future of Energy Storage

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/charging-ahead-future-energy-storage

Another great article highlighting the opportunities energy storage can bring for load management, not today but in the future, comes from Andy Tang, Vice President of Energy Storage and Optimisation at Wartsila. The rapidly decreasing prices of energy storage installations means that brand new opportunities are arising for load management, and interestingly Andy points out that ‘power players are scheduling storage, not around renewable supply, but electricity demand.’ The landscape of energy storage is shifting, and for forward-looking utilities that means the landscape of load management must also adjust.

 

Why Peak Electricity Usage Matters

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ec/why-peak-electricity-usage-matters-commonwealth-magazine

In this article shared by Richard Brooks, Senior Consultant and Lead Software Engineer at Reliable Energy Analytics, we learn about some key insights into peak power demand in New England and how important that measure is, which over gets overshadowed by total consumption. When planning the future of a region’s energy resources, recognizing the outsized importance of peak electricity usage is critical, so Richard’s insights into this topic are quite valuable as well.

 

Microsoft Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Backup Power at Datacenters

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/microsoft-tests-hydrogen-fuel-cells-backup-power-datacenters-innovation-stories

Lastly, this link shared by Charley Rattan of Charley Ratan Associates highlights a recent announcement by global tech leader Microsoft and how they plan to start testing hydrogen as an energy storage tool for its massive and critical datacenters. When it comes to load management, datacenters are often in the conversation because they require constant power—a characteristic that can bring challenges and opportunities for grid planners. But by dipping their toes into the hydrogen game, Microsoft is showing it’s not afraid to lead in thinking outside the conventional solutions.

 

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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