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Peak: what to do?

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Consultant energy affairs, Self employed

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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Peak: what to do?

The countries most committed to the competitiveness of the electricity sector discovered a good few years ago that stimulating the transfer of energy use to the off-peak hours is an excellent business for everyone involved.

Consumers win by receiving very interesting financial bonuses and suppliers in the electric energy production chain win by being able to sell more without the need to increase (CAPEX) investments in infrastructure.

Interesting examples include charging electric vehicles, heating water for residential use, and the list goes on and on.
Here in Brazil, electric instant showers, which represent an important load, could be managed to open up a great opportunity.

Anyone who wants to know about this opportunity, contact me to explore the possibilities!

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Matt Chester on Mar 23, 2022

The one downside to this I sometimes see mentioned is that doesn't this implicitly charge more to the customers who aren't able to adjust their energy use? The savings have to come from somewhere, so will it long term be a rate hike on those customers? 

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Rafael Herzberg on Mar 24, 2022

Whenever the fraction kWh consumption per kW demand is increased, it is a win-win. The supply side is able to sell more kWh per the same infrastructure CAPEX and the client is able to reduce its cots (kW demand).

Another way to look at it: increased load factor means everyone benefits!

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