peak demand


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peak demand

The maximum rate of consumption of water or electric power that a utility provides a customer.
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WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Utilities and government energy information centers recommend using window film as an effective way to reduce peak demand and save consumer's money, according to the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA).
However, peak demand growth, under the demand forecast, is expected at about 11 per cent per annum, from 4,455 megawatt in 2013 to 9,133 megawatt in 2020.
Ultimately it s hoped that the findings from this project can contribute to better management of peak demand.
Load management is a growth industry in which utilities pay nonresidential ratepayers to shed kilowatt hours of electrical energy and shave kilowatts from their peak demand (which in some occupancies, is the greater of the two).
To combat these increasing demands, utilities offer incentives to customers that can shift peak demand to non-peak times or reduce peak loads when notified by the utility that the demand on the grid is close to capacity.
The peak demand for electricity will rise in the next few years because of high temperatures and economic and population growth, ERCOT's news release said.
Several levels of demand control, the process of sensing and/or predicting monthly peak demand situations and taking action to minimize them, are available to metalcasters:
An indicator of how well you are managing peak demand is the Load Factor.
Current economic conditions are expected to keep peak demand for electricity relatively unchanged from 2008 levels, said Vamsi Chadalavada, chief operating officer of the Holyoke, Mass.
Demand billing was introduced to help reduce the peak demand on Con Edison's steam system, which occurs on the coldest weekday mornings.
Given the huge cost of converting coal-fired plants to natural gas, the flexibility and reliability they provide in meeting peak demand (no need to worry about low water levels for hydroelectric power or another nuclear plant shutting down for maintenance), and the next generation of clean coal technologies being implemented across North America, it would seem an unlikely scenario that the provincial government would push forward to what at the time seemed like a good election promise.
The recent peak demand demonstrated we hadn't appropriately modeled what customers were truly able to consume,'' said Randy Howard, a DWP power executive who noted peak demand last week hit levels that weren't expected until 2011.