Load Management Plans Rise in 97

Load Management Plans Rise in `97

Load management is looking up. North American utilities reported plans for $70 million of load management installations over the next three years in the latest survey by PennWell Research. That`s a substantial increase from the $45 million worth of activity identified in the previous survey. The new survey showed plans for 186 load management projects, an increase from 125 a year ago.

Research manager, Shannon Parsons, said that some of the increase may reflect better surveying techniques this year, but most of the increase is real and indicates an upturn in load management activity. PennWell Research defines load management as the measurement and control of load at the customer`s location. Direct load control is used to shut down power-intensive appliances, machinery and equipment at customer premises. The largest planned load management projects identified in the survey were:

a $10 million project at Florida Power & Light Co., to add 50,000 direct load control switches over the next two years;

a $7.7 million project at Hydro Quebec, including 7,000 switches, to control residential water heater load;

a $5 million project at Virginia Power Co., covering five distribution SCADA, load management, and distribution automation systems;

a $4.9 million project at Wharton County (Texas) Electric Coop. for an air conditioner control load management system; and

a $2.5 million project at Northern States Power to add 25,000 load control switches.

Projects larger than $1 million accounted for 61 percent of the total to be spent on load management over the next three years.

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