The importance of balance comes up in many contexts these days. Behavioral professionals speak of work-life balance. Mechanical engineers employ counter balancing shafts in motorcycle engines to reduce vibration. Airlines carefully fill seats to assure that the airplane's balance point is preserved.
Virtually all energy experts recognize the need for cheap and efficient energy storage systems. It has become obvious that solar, wind, or any other form of intermittent power generation cannot serve base load requirements or provide reliable peak shaving without storage, but until very recently, the costs have simply been too high.
Most companies and organizations would like to reduce their energy footprint. There are many reasons why organizations may want to reduce energy consumption. Whether it is because you want to save money, reduce your carbon footprint or just to be a good member of society, reducing energy consumption can benefit all types and sizes of companies.
Besides taxes and special fees, most commercial/industrial rate schedules bill for consumption in two ways: (1) the number of kilowatts required multiplied by the number of hours or “total consumption” measured in kWh, and (2) the maximum volume of kilowatts required to meet load demands at any point in time or “demand” measured in kW. Demand tends to be one of the most misunderstood items on the bill, but in order to understand it properly, we must also understand kWh.