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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- September 24, 2020

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The concept of load management may not be truly understood outside of niche, forward-looking circles a number of years ago, but it’s hard to deny that today the possibilities offered by load management programs are capable of really evolving utilities, as well as the customer experience. We’re seeing new opportunities arise with each passing week in the utility space, sharing among industry professionals about what works and what doesn’t work, and a trajectory of getting closer and closer to real transformation. That’s why keeping an eye on this Load Management Community is so rewarding, and you’ll see below that the past four weeks offered more examples of some great thinking and action being implemented by this group. So if you missed any of the recent content, catch up with the hand-selected top content below!


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Storage Unlocks the Flexibility Within Our Future Energy Needs

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While load management largely comes operationally and strategically rather than relying solely on new infrastructure, it’s important to remember how much added flexibility and opportunity comes when large-scale energy storage is added to the equation. Paul Hobcraft with Agility Innovation reminds us all of that with this insightful post that outlines the technical capabilities storage brings, the business opportunities that will drive it, and the pathway ahead as utility-scale storage continues to be fostered and commercially deployed.

Avoiding Blackouts

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Last month’s Load Management Digest came out in the aftermath of the high-profile rolling blackouts that were experienced in California during a record heat wave and apparent resource inadequacy. Unpacking what happened in the Golden State remains a top area of discussion by utility professionals, as they see load management strategies as being underutilized to prevent these types of events. In this article, Ahmad Faruqui, Principal at Brattle, dives into dynamic pricing as a strategy to prevent future blackouts and help provide a stopgap for many grid shortcomings, in California and elsewhere. His piece really breaks down what this concept looks like and how we might reshape the future of load management to prevent these issues in the future.

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Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast Episode #20: ‘Is it Time for Time-of-Use Rates?’ with James Riley of Appos Advisors

Energy Central Power Perspectives™: Welcome Danielle Marquis, New Expert in the Load Management Community

Over the course of the past few weeks, Energy Central has had the pleasure to really dive into load management with two experts via our Power Perspectives. First, James Riley of Appos Advisors joined Jason Price and myself on the Power Perspectives Podcast to discuss time-of-use rates and how utilities can and should be implementing this simple load management tool.

Then I also had the pleasure of interviewing Danielle Marquis of Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group after she joined our Network of Experts with a focus on the Load Management community. Danielle provides insights into why she is focused on these programs and what the future might hold.

I highly recommend checking out what these industry leaders have to say, you won’t regret it!


PLMA Publishes Thought Leadership Piece on Electricity Pricing; Plans Launch of a New Pricing Interest Group

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Finally, I wanted to highlight this contribution from Judy Knight, Chief Development Office of PLMA. Energy Central’s Load Management Community is run in conjunction with PLMA and the insights they are able to bring really are unmatched—especially this resource that again looks at the interaction between power prices and optimal load shifting from the perspective of utilities.


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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