July 20, 2010 SDF Energy Load Shifting

On Tuesday, July, 20, 2010 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum’s Clean Tech Breakfast presented “Energy Management: Load Shifting.” Travis Gibbs of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Robert Horstmeyer of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Matt Jones of Nth Power, Janey Kaster of Schneider Electric and Tom Stepien of Primus Power.

For over a hundred years the United States has been the largest consumer of energy. Not anymore. Yesterday in Paris the International Energy Agency reported that China is now the biggest energy consumer. This demand growth is seen in other developing countries. We can compete globally for more resources or we can make the most of what we have. Load shifting from peak to non-peak is one way to do that.

At the consumer level, companies like Comverge and Enernoc can monitor and give feedback to reduce usage. A business can take advantage of time zones by powering up server farms in the east at night while people are still working in the west or vice versa. Load shifting is more about changing behavior than building infrastructure. All this may give us the margins we need to transition to alternative energy.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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