DSM is becoming an important and integral intervention strategy in power system operations in developed as well as developing countries and newer technologies are being introduced with the objectives of energy optimization, peak power reduction, improved reliability, reduction in emissions, etc. In countries such as India it assumes added importance in the context of rapid demand growth and our vision to provide 24X7 reliable power supply to all at affordable rates, focus on increased share of renewable energy, promotion of e-mobility, etc.
Duly recognizing these challenges, various State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC) have notified regulations on DSM defining the process chain, action areas, roles of different players, etc. The DSM strategies could vary from utility to utility depending on the consumer mix, end use energy consumption pattern of different consumers, socio-economic factors, physical characteristics of the utility, operational features, etc. Development of utility-specific DSM strategies assumes importance in this context.
In Karnataka, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has notified DSM Regulations in 2015. As per the regulation, distribution licensees are required to identify DSM targets in their respective license area and submit the plan for approval of the commission. In accordance with these regulations, in 2017, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation, had undertaken a study for the Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (MESCOM) in Karnataka. The study covered a comprehensive load research; identification of potential areas for DSM intervention in different sectors like domestic, commercial, industrial and agriculture; suitable business models for implementation; and a suggested action plan.
The video explains the concept of Demand Side Management and TERI’s study recommendations for MESCOM.
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