Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group – December 17, 2020

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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.


The Great Lockdown & The Potential For "Missing Load"

Patrick McGarry

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Patrick McGarry, who was recently one of our ‘Top Voices of 2020,’ shared this article that astutely highlights the implications of widespread lockdowns across the economy and what that’s meant for energy loads. While that topic is interesting enough on its own, it also underscores the opportunity for those studying grid loads to learn about what it means for the future of demand management strategies, policies, and more.


Energy Central Power Perspectives: Welcome Abby Mayer, New Expert in the Load Management Community

Abby Mayer

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Energy Central’s series of interviews with newly established members of our Network of Experts is a critical way for community members to see how widespread and deep the knowledge available in the Energy Central Community is, so this interview with Abby Mayer—Load Forecasting Analyst at Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.—brings about even more insights and expertise on important load management strategies and programs into the fold. Enjoy reading about Abby’s experience and background that brought her from environmental science to load forecasting, and how she sees the future of this sector playing out.  


To Facilitate Demand Response, Assuage Concerns Over Smart Meters

Henry Craver

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Load management isn’t just about the technology and programs from utilities, but just as much about the behavioral aspect of it all. In that vein, Henry Craver studies in this article some of the issues that arise when customers have concerns about smart meters, from privacy to cybersecurity and more. Smart meters can only be as effective as they are used, so leaving this human element out of consideration will be a grave oversight. This article well explains that point and shows the right strategies moving forward.


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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