Try out our Load Shifting Tool in Action here.
Load shifting is one of the techniques used in demand-side management. It involves moving the consumption of high wattage loads to different times within an hour or within a day or even within a week. It doesn’t lead to reduction in net quantity of energy consumed in an electricity. It simply involves changing the “when consumed” rather than “how much consumed”.
To understand the reason behind load shifting, one needs to realize that electricity generation is a dynamic process involving several different kinds of generating stations employing different generation technologies. Accordingly, there are different costs associated with electricity generated at any given point of time. This means that there exists savings in net generation costs if it could be moved around in time, even while keeping the net generated energy the same. This is where load shifting comes into play.
This shifting can happen in multiple different ways. For example having variable electricity price and thus encourage consumption in specific hours, remote controlling specific appliances etc. or with flexible energy delivery agreements with industries.
To demonstrate the power of shifting, we are launching a cost savings and carbon footprint reduction calculator. The calculator is available to use HERE.
This calculator is meant to show how shifting can lower procurement cost. It is also meant to help explain that shifting focused on lowering procurement cost often goes together with lower carbon footprint.
The calculator shows a specific load profile and the power plants that need to run to fulfill that load profile. You can drag the load profile up and down within each hour and see how the power-that run change. One the right side you see the difference in units generated, running cost and CO2 footprint between the load-profiles before and after dragging.
- Start with the preset data. Drag different columns up and down. Make sure that load mismatch graph shows zero. Then you can see the change in CO2 footprint and in procurement cost.
- To get the optimum load profile within the bounds of the flexibility profile press optimize. See how much CO2 and money you would save.
- Then you can add or remove power sources to adapt the model to your scenario.
- Edit the load profile and the flexibility profile to adapt it to the desired scenario.
Please feel free to use it, share it and recommend to your work colleagues or anyone interested in understanding load shifting.
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