Get a Load of This! Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Load Management Group –November 18, 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.


Electric Vehicles – Friend or Foe of Utilities

Nitin Goyal

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The amount of energy demand that a widescale adoption of EVs would bring to the utility sector is unprecedented, maybe only matched in scale with the advent of air conditioning in buildings everywhere. At first glance, that was deemed to be a mountain of pure challenge for utilities, but when looking at it from a load management perspective—demand response, time of use, and more—it could actually be just the right tool (or friend) at just the right time. Nitin Goyal dives into this dichotomy and asks—in the end, are EVs friend or foe?



John Benson

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Towards that end, the concept of V2G, or vehicle-to-grid, highlights the real transformation needed from both EV makers and utility system end points to enable this collaboration and cooperative benefits. As always, John Benson’s research-based pieces provide a terrific starting point for anyone looking to learn quickly about this space.



Modernizing the Electric Grid: Broadband Can Do This

Robert Cruickshank

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Not enough discussion is going on about how bundled the world of broadband can and should be with the universe of power providers, and specifically how the ability to communicate in real time will enhance the possibility of energy management solutions. Not only that, but the history of telecommunications, cable, and internet offer the power sector hosts of lessons in terms of rolling out vast infrastructure and technological transformation. See how Robert Cruickshank of GRIDioT views these parallel industries and how they can be leveraged for each other moving forward.


Using AI Load Management for Microgrids

Julian Jackson

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Lastly, where discussions of new opportunities and transformations on the grid are taking place, the important identification of AI can’t be too far behind. In this article, Julian Jackson expertly discusses the ways in which artificial intelligence will unlock and enable load management strategies for the increasingly common microgrids of today and tomorrow.



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