Shaking the Etch A Sketch: Basin Electric adds flexibility to member load forecast

Etch A Sketch

Have you ever, as a child or an adult, created a drawing on an Etch A Sketch? The left and right dials, turning separately and together, straight and slanted lines, creating a word, item or scene as you go.

The detail of the artwork might be just right, but if you hold the tool farther from your face, you might see the picture is not greater than the sum of its parts.

So you give it a shake and start from scratch.

“Giving the Etch A Sketch a shake” is how Jay Lundstrom, lead load forecast analyst, describes a new way the member load forecast is being done at Basin Electric. Lundstrom says at the beginning of 2016, the load forecasting team started shaking it up every quarter to respond more quickly to Basin Electric’s members’ changing load conditions.

The member load forecast is the main tool for power supply planning, financial forecasting and rate planning. The forecast shows the percentage of each district’s growth or decline projected over 10 years.

Read more about how the member load forecast process has changed in the Sept/Oct issue of Basin Today: Shaking the Etch A Sketch: Basin Electric adds flexibility to member load forecast

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