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Load Aggregation: The Wolf at the Door?

Fortnightly Magazine - January 1 1997

load blocks served by a variety of power suppliers.

On the other hand, customers that exhibit a dispersed set of smaller loads (such as chain stores) present different needs. These customers may prove unable to manage complex multi-sited purchasing across numerous service territories. Aggregation of these loads under a single contract-whether by marketers or unregulated utility affiliates-would likely provide a different set of benefits:

• simplified billing

• easier internal invoicing among dispersed facilities

• lowered coincident demand charges

• reduction or reassignment of some accounting staff

• enhanced usage information to help manage costs.



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The Utility's Trump Card

Leading-edge Customer Information Systems at utility companies can play an important role in customer aggregation. Not only can they gather data from all sites onto one bill (which is all aggregators usually do), but can then provide analytical tools to help customers determine if they are getting the best deal on transmission/ distribution charges (e.g., by showing the customer's true coincident load across a given utility's system).

This analytical data can reveal which facilities are consuming an inordinate amount of energy, thus skewing the customer's general energy price structure. Such information can lead to corrective measures with immediate paybacks.

Billing services could even aggregate bills for customers with multiple sites outside the utility's present territory, or provide internal billing for the customer's own subgroups.

Articles found on this page are available to Internet subscribers only. For more information about obtaining a username and password, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-368-5001.

Billing Services

Pp

The Utility's Trump Card

Leading-edge Customer Information Systems at utility companies can play an important role in customer aggregation. Not only can they gather data from all sites onto one bill (which is all aggregators usually do), but can then provide analytical tools to help customers determine if they are getting the best deal on transmission/ distribution charges (e.g., by showing the customer's true coincident load across a given utility's system).

This analytical data can reveal which facilities are consuming an inordinate amount of energy, thus skewing the customer's general energy price structure. Such information can lead to corrective measures with immediate paybacks.

Billing services could even aggregate bills for customers with multiple sites outside the utility's present territory, or provide internal billing for the customer's own subgroups.

Articles found on this page are available to Internet subscribers only. For more information about obtaining a username and password, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-368-5001.

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