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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Load Management Group in Energy Central- November 18, 2020

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It’s hard to believe we’re getting close to the end of the year, but here we are with the November issue of the Load Management digest! For any new readers, the regular ‘Get a Load of This!’ looks back on the previous four weeks of content on the Energy Central Load Management groups and highlights the can’t miss content that really excited the community, added to the conversation, and were important thought pieces. If you aren’t able to be on Energy Central as frequently as you’d like (hey, we’re all busy!), this digest is a great way to make sure you’re getting the top content and giving you a chance to get back in by asking questions of those authors, sharing your thoughts, and kick off that collaborative process. So, if any of the below articles really speak to you, please go ahead and drop a note in the comments section of the articles and join in on the conversation.


Matt Chester

Community Manager


California’s Outages Blamed on Warming Climate

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Amid a year of lots of headlines in the utility industry, one story that has continued to get scrutiny and attention across the world of energy were the power outages in California this past summer. Looking into how and why they happened, what could’ve been done to prevent it, and what must be done moving forward to actually make sure it doesn’t happen again is of paramount importance. A great article on some of this study was submitted by Fereidoon Sioshansi, the President of Menlo Energy Economics. He points out that some of the extreme weather created challenging conditions, according to government officials in the state, and then covers some of the market-based and technology-focused solutions that are being discussed.

Would love to hear your thoughts on Fereidoon’s piece.


Request for Qualifications from Suppliers Providing Demand Response (DR) Programs

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Dr. Katherine Johnson, the President of Johnson Consulting Group, submitted a resource that will surely be of interest to those in the world of load management in the form of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Implementation of Direct Load Control Demand Response Programs. This is a great signal of what sort of load management programs may be coming, a sign of how highly regarded the strategy is for Pacificorp, and a terrific opportunity for anyone to try and get involved. I invite you to check it out.


Should utilities leverage AI to push smart meters?

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Demand response and load management tools are only getting more advanced and more nuanced with the advent of digitalization. Specifically, artificial intelligence is really serving to unlock some opportunities that weren’t there before for load management professionals, and this topic is covered well in this post by Henry Craver. I highly recommend this article, and further some of the conversation that’s already taken place in the comments is worth checking out as well (and perhaps joining in on!).


Voltus’ filing, funding and deal show demand response aggregation’s time may have come

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The technology of load management can only do so much until the market forces act to bring demand response more into the fold. As shown by this article by Peter Key, we may be seeing some of trends in that direction in a very real way. And with millions of dollars being poured into a DR aggregator and them looking to engage with the regulatory process to get more recognition, that turning point may very well be closer than we think.


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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