Load forecasting for utilities and ISOs is increasingly difficult with a rise in the frequency of extreme weather events, more variable renewable resources on the system, and increasing use of demand-response capabilities. These factors all contribute to less predictable use patterns, which means utilities and regional grid operators are forced to adapt their approaches to load forecasting. Recognizing this, principal and US programs director Rich Sedano suggests a narrative approach that examines end-uses from the bottom-up. In a recent conversation with Megawatt Daily, Mr. Sedano notes  that such an approach accounts for more variables and is more appropriate for the current state of the power industry.