Load shifting: the market potential for carbon and energy savings

Tuesday November 10 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time

This webinar will be available online


Building code advancements continue to chip away at program baselines. Some of our tried-and-true energy savings measures come close to saturating the market. It's getting tougher – and more expensive - for utilities to meet savings goals.

Utilities can prioritize measures that:

  • shift time of use
  • reduce overall energy use, and
  • lower costs and emissions – all without disrupting the grid. 

But when load shifting increases overall energy use, there’s a conflict with energy efficiency policy. Load shifting can also create a potential incentive for load building. 

Regulators need better tools to assess the system value of load shifting. Then they can weigh tradeoffs between policy, emissions savings, cost reductions, and load building.

Join us for a webinar that unpacks these issues. Our research quantifies the economic, energy, and emissions impacts of measures that shift load - with or without saving energy. 

  • We identify how load shifting measures may fit within Minnesota’s energy efficiency program.
  • We model multiple measures in future planning scenarios, including higher penetrations of renewable generation.

In this webinar, we will present results that quantifies energy and cost savings. We will share what to consider when energy efficiency programs incorporate load shifting, and how to use our results in program forecasting.

Here are the measures covered by this webinar. You’ll also be able to download the full report following the webinar.

Electric vehicles with charging controls (residential)
Strategic energy management with demand focus (industrial) 
Refrigeration load control (commercial)
Smart thermostats with demand response (residential)
Air source heat pumps (ASHP) with demand response control (residential) 
Electric water heater controls (residential)
Envelope measures combined with ASHP (residential)
Networked lighting controls with demand response (commercial) 
Critical peak pricing to drive behavior change (residential) 
Plug load controls (commercial) 
Lighting efficiency and controls (commercial)
Active ice thermal storage (commercial)
Phase change materials (PCM) for space conditioning (commercial)
Phase change materials for refrigeration (commercial)