Load Duration Curve
A visual and statistical expression of a number of (daily) demands over a long period, most often a year. Demands are normally ordered with the highest to the left and the lowest to the right, so that the horizontal scale bears no relation to calendar timing. Can be used, among other things, to measure volumes of demand (or supply) above a given threshold. The area beneath the curve and between horizontal thresholds represents the volume required to supply a particular market segment. The approach is used in both electricity and gas industries.