Load shifting: the market potential for carbon and energy savings

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)

Who should view?
Minnesota utility planners and program managers, policy leaders, design professionals interested in how new commercial buildings can perform better on an evolving grid.

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Jeannette LeZaks, senior researcher, Slipstream 
Jeannette LeZaks develops and manages residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency research projects. She applies technical research to examine how people use energy and combines skills in geospatial analysis, billing analysis and econometrics to identify energy impacts and opportunities. Jeannette also develops survey and interview instruments, conducts interviews, and analyzes energy data to develop advanced program approaches that help utilities reach efficiency goals.


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Jenny Edwards, director of planning and engagement, Center for Energy and Environment
Jenny Edwards is the Director of Planning and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment. She leads the organization’s activities to combine applied research, policy, planning, and stakeholder outreach to create durable clean energy solutions for community and statewide applications. She oversees CEE’s growing area of research on grid integration, which includes advanced metering, beneficial electrification, and geo-targeting of energy services. Leading areas of work for Jenny’s team include utility-community energy planning, local government energy policy, building benchmarking and disclosure, “non-wires” distribution planning, and electrification strategies. Jenny is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, where she teaches a course on Energy Systems and Policy and is a board member of Conservation Minnesota.


Maddie Koolbeck photoMaddie Koolbeck, research analyst, Slipstream 
Maddie Koolbeck is a Research Analyst, regularly providing analytical support for projects relating to energy efficiency, market characterization and potential, and emerging technology. She performs data analyses on energy, cost, and carbon savings. She also assists with secondary research reviews and conducts surveys to further understand the current state of the market and stakeholder viewpoints. She received an economics degree from Coe College and a Master of Public Affairs degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 AM-noon Central


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