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Load Flexibility Use Cases and Benefits for Municipal Distribution Utilities

A T&D World-hosted webinar sponsored by Itron

This webinar was originally held on November 14th, 2023, and is now available for on demand viewing

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Municipal distribution utilities are somewhat unique within the larger electric utility space. They own and operate the distribution system but are not-for-profit enterprises and are sometimes supplied in turn by not-for-profit generation authorities. This business context creates a strong community focus and commitment to balance the interests of their residents with the need for a reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly electric grid and changes their approach to load flexibility and DSM programs compared to vertically integrated utilities and for-profit distribution utilities. 

In this webinar, a municipal distribution utility – Fort Collins Utilities – will provide an overview of the load flexibility use cases they have prioritized and pursued over the last 10+ years, how their use cases map to specific flexible loads and customer segments, and how they are integrating the key lessons learned into their long-term strategies. Fort Collins Utilities’ solution provider – Itron – will then provide an overview of the enabling technologies that have been deployed to date and a look ahead at the technologies that will bolster their future use cases.


Pablo Bauleo
Senior Energy Services Engineer
Fort Collins Utilities

Pablo Bauleo currently leads the Grid Flexibility initiative at Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) and is member of the Distributed Energy Resources Team. Pablo joined the Energy Services Team at FCU in 2009 and has applied his project management and analytical skills to streamline processes and developed metrics for Demand Response programs. His work was recognized by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative by awarding his program the 2016 CLEAR Award. Prior to his role at FCU, Pablo was a Staff Scientist at the Argentinean Atomic Energy Commission and a Research Scientist at Colorado State University. He has been a guest researcher at various institutions in Italy, Slovenia and Sweden and authored over two dozen peer-reviewed publications, including an article that made the cover of Science, and wrote a review article in Nature. Pablo earned his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Buenos Aires University with a specialization in nuclear physics and astrophysics, respectively along with multiple academic and professional certifications.

Michael Ting
Senior Product Manager, DEM

Michael Ting is a Senior Product Manager in Itron’s Distributed Energy Management team. Michael oversees Itron’s strategies and product roadmaps related to DER management solutions that leverage Itron’s networks and distributed intelligence technologies. Prior to his product management role, Michael spent 20+ years in public and private sector research and consulting to utilities, government agencies, and other stakeholders related to energy efficiency, demand response, and energy policy, including stops at the International Energy Agency and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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