Load shifting and peak shaving are two demand side management tactics used for optimizing energy usage. These are terms that tend to be used synonymously, especially in the context of cost reductions. While both of these concepts refer to useful energy management methods, there are slight differences between the two. However, both load shifting and peak shaving have the power to benefit communities as a whole by increasing energy savings, energy efficiency and sustainability.
What are load shifting and peak shaving?
Load shifting is a temporary reduction in electricity consumption that precedes an increase in production. This increase in production occurs when either grid demand or power prices are lower. Electricity storage facilities or generators can be utilized for this purpose. During load shifting overall electricity consumption stays the same; it’s “shifted” to another period of time.
Peak shaving is the process of quickly reducing power consumption for a short period of time by triggering an on-site power generation system, scaling down production temporarily, or utilizing a battery. Peak load monitors that track and regulate peak loads are also a vital part of this process. During peak shaving overall electricity consumption is reduced or “shaved.”
Benefits of load shifting and peak shaving
One of the main benefits of demand side energy management tactics load shifting and peak shaving comes in the form of lower grid usage costs. Both tactics work to offset peak demand which would otherwise result in high utility charges. Utility companies charge for a maximum power requirement, no matter how long or little amount of time the maximum level of power is being used, making diffusing peak power usage an important task.
Peak shaving in particular allows facilities to run just as effectively with less power usage, making them more energy efficient. If mechanical systems are using less power from the local grid to maintain operations, your community or city won’t have to invest as much into energy infrastructure improvements because it it already operating efficiently.
Peak shaving and load shifting also help make a facility’s day to day operations more sustainable. These demand management tactics help local grids integrate intermittent renewable energy. This translates to lower reliance on carbon-based power plants for electricity, lowering both your community’s and business’s carbon footprints.
Interested in implementing load shifting and/or peak shaving into your facilities operations?
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