Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group – January 14, 2021

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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.


Integrating Variable Resources and Flexible Demand

Fereidoon Sioshansi

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The first article you won’t want to miss comes from Fereidoon Sioshansi, President of Menlo Energy Economics, where he discusses the advantages and opportunities that variable energy resources can bring to operational flexible demand response. The power grid can, in a way, be thought of as a breathing system, demand rising and falling over the course of regular patterns, and the addition of variable resources (with the example he gives of prominent solar generation in California) can be utilized in a way that’s actually an asset, not a liability.


Demand Response in Brazil

Rafael Herzberg

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Regular contributor Rafael Herzberg, a consultant of energy affairs, details what the world of demand response programs in Brazil specifically. As he points out, the pilot programs finally bringing demand response to Brazil are offered to free, deregulated consumers as a way to reduce peak demand, though he ponders aloud whether reducing consumption would be more effectively reached through other bonus structures. Check it out and let him know what your experience has been with demand response in the comments.


What Does the Trend Towards Electric Transportation Mean for Load Management? 

Henry Craver

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Lastly, Henry Craver covers what’s become one of the most prominent topics in load management circles recently (and likely to only become more so), and that’s the impact that electric vehicles will have on load management. Depending on who you ask and how it’s framed, the electrification of transportation is being positioned as either a burden (how are we going to have enough power on command during peak charging times to keep these vehicles charged?) or an asset (think of EVs of all kinds as moving, traveling energy storage assets that can help power the grid and smooth out supply/demand). Henry’s article clearly got our community thinking, since we have some great discussion going on in the comments—so head over and add your two cents as well to keep this conversation going.


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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