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Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group –October 21, 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.

 

Are EVs Viable in Brazil?

Rafael Herzberg

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/are-evs-viable-brazil

The discussion of whether EVs will work in a region aren’t just about the drivers and the chargers themselves, but also what they’ll mean to the wider grid. When done poorly, it can be a great burden to utility companies and grid operators. When done intelligently, the aggregate fleet can instead operate as a key asset that provides for demand response, load shifting, and more. Rafael checks out these questions from the Brazilian perspective.

 

‘We can’t allow this to happen again’: New FERC report outlines blame for the Texas Freeze blackouts

Christopher Neely

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/em/we-cant-allow-happen-again-new-ferc-report-outlines-blame-texas-freeze-blackouts

It’s been 8+ months, but the Texas grid near-collapse this past February still remains one of the most important stories of 2021 for utilities, and a recent FERC report examined how the load on the grid interacted with different components of the situation that led to a perfect storm of trouble. See Christopher Neely’s article for a rundown of this FERC report.

 

How US Utilities can raise preparedness for severe weather events

Mirka Karra

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/pip/how-us-utilities-can-raise-preparedness-severe-weather-events  

A key area of focus for all utilities comes in ensuring their equipment is all ready when severe weather events may hit, whether that’s hurricane, wildfire, flooding, or any number of other potential challenges. When infrastructure is impacted, the ability to manage overall loads can be quite complicated, so the name of the game is preparedness. Mirka Karra of NET2GRID examines the best way utilities can prepare for such events.

 

 

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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