Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (Ministerio de Energia y Minería) has signed to support a national pilot project which will demonstrate aggregated dynamic capacity management and improve overall energy system efficiency.
Hosted by Argentinian utility EPEC, the capacity management technology will be used in conjunction with public, commercial and industrial buildings to help meet electricity demand requirements in their service areas. The Ministry signed the letter after the Electric Distribution Association for Argentina (ADEERA) agreed to participate in the project.
The project, in conjunction with Innovari, will utilise the company’s Interactive Energy Platform (IEP). The IEP system aggregates electricity capacity from various sources including distributed energy resources such as wind and solar. It also enables customers greater control of specific loads in their buildings to increase their control over energy use in their facility.
A key focus of these pilot projects is to help determine the business model that will enable utilities to utilise this advanced technology throughout Argentina. They also seek to identify the regulatory changes that will be necessary for an expansion project. Today, the government of Argentina takes responsibility for a significant portion of an end-user’s electric bill. The success of this programme will help find ways to relieve the government of some of this responsibility.
Says Patricio Testorelli, CEO of Innovari Latin America: “The IEP will help to improve system optimisation and the process will also provide important insights for the utilities and the Ministry of Mines and Energy to consider appropriate business models that will help make edge of grid resources a key part of the solution for all utilities in Argentina in the future.”
This is the initial phase of a larger initiative. The pilot project will start in 2017 for five months. The project team will then focus on an expansion project in early 2018.