A Balancing Act
How will utility providers balance an unpredictable demand with unpredictable supply? When demand exceeds the supply of energy, as it typically does from 12pm-6pm each day, it produces a “power gap”. Utility providers must turn to costly, fossil-fuel based, peaker plants to address this gap and meet daily demand spikes. These expensive operational costs are then passed onto the consumer in the form of peak demand costs on their monthly utility bills.