Network traffic measurement
The network load is the current load or an average occupancy rate over a specified period of time ( hours, days, weeks) in a network.
The network load is a simple indicator for the dimensioning of networks. If the average network load over a long period of very high, so it can be considered for a strongly fluctuating utilization of the network capacity is insufficient dimensioned.
In computer networks, the network load indicates, for example, what percentage of the actually available data transmission rate can be used.
Power supply system
In electricity grids specifies the network load, what is the electrical load on a power grid. In addition, other power loads can be distinguished, such as the vertical network load, indicating the handover of the communication networks in the distribution networks.
In the electricity network in Germany, the maximum network load about 54.5 GW in winter 2011 /2012. This winter, the network load was particularly intensive observation and also rezipiert public because of this winter, the first after the nuclear phase-out in 2011 was in Germany. The Merkel government had taken off the grid after the beginning of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima (Japan), the seven oldest German nuclear power plants as well as for the controversial due to many mishaps Krummel nuclear power plant (near Hamburg), withdrawing their approval. The European electricity grid proved to be during the cold wave 3 - 7 Week 2012 to be stable. The Federal Network Agency published a comprehensive report.