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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- October 22, 2020

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Welcome back for another issue of the ‘Get a Load of This!’ digest of the best and most critical content submitted to Energy Central’s Load Management community over the past four weeks. I hope you enjoy these articles, find something of value, and keep the conversations about them going in the comments of those articles—Load Management is a particular topic that’s still emerging and having pilots, new strategies, and wide innovation, so it particularly benefits from knowledge sharing and looking into lessons learned elsewhere so they need not be repeated. I think you’ll find some great examples of that in today’s issue.


Matt Chester

Community Manager


Who Turned Off the Lights?

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Load management as a topic got a lot of attention this past summer in the light of the rolling blackouts and power supply concerns in California, as load management helped prevent the problem from being more widespread and perhaps a more active load management strategy might have even prevented some further challenges. It’s been a hot debate, to say the least, but this article from Fereidoon Sioshansi of Melo Energy Economics takes a critical look at the various generation sources on the grid played a role, what CAISO should and could do about it, and addressing the future of grid reliability via load management.


California Has Plenty of Electricity, It’s Just Not Being Used

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Sticking with the theme of California, this link provided by Aaron Breidenbaugh—Director of U.S. Markets and Regulatory Affairs at Rodan Energy Solutions—highlights more of the issues that seem to be undercutting grid reliability in the Golden State. The power generation is there, it’s not a lack of resources, but rather those resources aren’t be utilized as they should. This article is absolutely worth a read for an in depth investigation of the topic.


Towards a two-sided market…the role for demand response in tomorrow’s grid

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Jumping from sunny CA to the land down under, Alex Leemon of Flow Power shares this critical article about how demand response as a load management strategy is going to be critical as the Australian grid operators look to implement a two-sided market and other fundamental market shifts. There’s a lot that can be learned from these insights, both applicable to the Australian grid but also more widely to grid operators across the globe who may be considering similar shifts. Alex is well plugged into this topic and is involved in the comments section should you have questions to ask!


EV Growing Pains Report: 5 Year comparison of how load has changed

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Lastly, the rise of the electric transportation sector is happening concurrently with the surge in demand response and other load management strategies, and they are going to be bedfellows one way or the other in the coming decades. In this article, Scott Lepold of FleetCarma looks at the trends in EV growth over the past several years to see how those trends are going to inform the grid impacts of vehicle electrification (as well as the load management opportunities) into the future.



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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