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How to avoid the summer risks (of not being able to meet the country's load)?

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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Watch this 3-min video which brings into light a simple, and cost effective solution.

The concept is charging the residential sector with a demand charge, exactly in the same way as industrial, commercial and institutional energy users.

Why does it make sense?

Once residential users pay for kW capacity the power supply chain will invest to accordingly meet the associated demand - plain and simple.

Is it affordable?

Yes because these days digital meters are very cheap and  could be easily installed at each home. 

What's the take away?

What is best for the whole society? Pay for the capacity and have power available anytime or keep going on with the current system which does not guarantee that the total demand in a hot summer day will be met? 

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Russ Hissom on Jul 6, 2022

Great article, Rafael! I've run across utilities also considering residential time-of-use "opt out" rates, where the opt out option is a flat rate, priced higher than the average rate under the TOU rate. This may be radical thinking for some customers, or perhaps many won't pay attention and it becomes the norm. 


Any option to shift the load curve is a move in the right direction for the most part. 


Thanks again!


Russ Hissom

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Rafael Herzberg on Jul 6, 2022

Hi Russ,

Very interesting comment!

This idea (kW demand charge) could stimulate end users to make sure that at any given time the home loads are used in a very cautious fashion. Examples: 1) dish washers washing machines, dryers , 2) pump (pool), 3) tank water heaters and others could be programmed to be "on" when other loads are off (so that there are no coincidental peaks and accordingly a "minimum" recorded demand.

And of course TOU rates could be factored in to increase savings not only for the home but also for the power supply chain!

Do you see a possibility to bring this concept before local utilities? 

If so let's talk and explore our possibilities! Here goes my contact info Mobile and WhastsApp 55.11.99986 5563 e-mail - I am based in São Paulo, Brazil. 

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