When used in an energy context, “load” can have multiple meanings:

  • From an energy consumption perspective, “load” can be used to refer to demand by any particular equipment unit, system, facility, customer, or other grouping of energy users for electricity, natural gas, or other energy resources.
  • From an energy supply perspective, “load” can also be used to refer the production capacity or output of an electric generator, a natural gas pipeline, or other energy production facility.