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Power Factor
Power Factor is the difference between real power, useful power needed to perform a task and reactive power, power drawn in addition to useful power but does not contribute to the task.
The ultimate, desired Power Factor is 1.00PF (100% efficiency). Although most machinery operates at a much lower efficiency, or Power Factor, when the effects are accumulated on a electrical supply, the results can be as low as 0.50PF and commonly around 0.80PF on a typical uncorrected industrial electrical supply.
A typical uncorrected electrical load will operate in the region of 0.80PF (80% efficiency) and would consume 20% more power, and will therefore result in an increased demand by 20% and resulting in higher energy bills.
Other electrical supplies operating on much lower uncorrected Power Factors could be consuming in excess of 50% more power and risk potential overload and loss of electrical supply.
Load Factor
The importance of Load Factor has never been more prominent in the United States of America.
Having a higher Load Factor is most desireable. Lowering your peak demand will improve the Load Factor and as a result reduce yout TNUoS costs.
The best way to increase your load factor is by employing a tactic called 'Shaving the Peaks'.
Demand Response
Demand Response Programs provide payments to large energy users that agree to reduce their energy demand during times of grid stress, whilst also helping businesses earn money in exchage for reducing energy when the grid needs it the most.
Currently, the USA has the most developed Demand Response market in the world. This dominance is due in part of a recent Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for players of all sizes to participate in wholesale electricity markets which cover 60% of the USA total power supply.
Demand Response is a service offered by many electric grid operators to balance supply and demand on the grid. When people are using more energy (demand) than the grid is generating (supply), we experience blackouts rolling blackouts and brownouts. Grid operators typically need to build enough power plants to make sure they can meet the very highest levels of energy demand, even if thats only for a couple hours throughout the year, but power plants are expsensive and dirty.
Demand Response asks power users to use less during those peak hours, and participants get paid for doing so. We avoid blackouts by using less (reducing demand) instead of building more (increasing supply). Grid operators spend less on Demand Response than they would on a power plant, and participants enjoy a new revenue stream.
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