Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group –June 30, 2022

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Load management encompasses the critical strategies of ensuring that power supply and demand meet cleanly at a point that doesn’t stress the grid or cause financial stress on utilities or customers, an area that will be of increasing importance with each passing year. In this monthly digest, we cover the most talked about and newsworthy articles in this space that were published on Energy Central over the past four weeks. We invite you to ‘get a load of this!’ every month and track the load management sector.


Has the duck curve “arrived” in Brazil?

Rafael Herzberg

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Cute as it may sound, the duck curve is a serious problem for utilities and grid operators, and it’s a sign of the potential power for load management to play a key role in the power landscape of the future. The duck curve has been well established in certain markets that are high in solar generation, and in this article Rafael posits that it may have ‘finally’ made its appearance in Brazil. Read his boots on the ground review of the situation to learn more.


Air Conditioning and Load Management

Todd Carney

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As we head into the Summer season, one of the highest concerns in terms of utility load profile comes from the added demand that air conditioning brings. Especially in regions like Texas where meteorologists forecast record-breaking heat, the reliability of the grid under these conditions is being scrutinized. Once again, load management practices may be one of the most critical ways to overcome this situation, especially as intelligent and digital tools to manage them get further rolled out.


Large-scale Businesses – Options for Power Systems

Julian Jackson

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Lastly, when we talk about load management it usually encompasses all sectors of the utility industry, but large businesses with massive energy profiles can have the greatest impact. A single company that opts into a load management program and can reasonably shift its operations to non-peak hours can be a major boon to the utility company and overall grid practices, and so they often get well compensated to do so. For example, an industrial facility that can just as easily run in the evening rather than during the day has some immense impact on total grid profile. This article explores what those major corporations can do with their power systems and how it relates to load management.


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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