Load Control

Load management or demand side management (DSM), is the process of balancing the supply of electricity on the network with the electrical load by adjusting or controlling the load rather than the power station output. Load management allows utilities to reduce demand for electricity during peak usage times, which can reduce costs by eliminating the need for peaking power plants. 


Battery energy storage systems (BESS) can provide load balancing services for local grids, by acting as a reserve load that charges during periods of low energy demand to increase energy demand and discharges power during high loads to help balance peak demand. The main aspect of this concept is to reduce grid load and avoid stress on overall system level.   




Peak Shaving

Peak shaving is similar to load leveling, but mainly for the purpose of reducing peak demand. The goal is to avoid the increase of capacity to supply the peaks of a highly variable load. Commercial and industrial customers save on their electricity bills by reducing peak demand. Utilities reduce the operational cost of generating power during peak periods - reducing the need for peaking load power plants. Investment in infrastructure is delayed due to the flatter loads with smaller peaks.