Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced its plans to implement a demand response programme to ensure grid reliability.The utility firm said it targets to ensure its commercial and industrial customers reduce energy usage at times when energy demand on the grid network is high.
A subsidiary of TEPCO, which is responsible for electricity retailing, TEPCO Energy Partner, will collaborate with Energy Pool Development for the rollout of the project.
Energy Pool Development is a unit of French-based energy equipment supplier, Schneider Electric.
The collaboration of the two subsidiaries will allow TEPCO to employ Schneider Electric’s energy saving system.
Energy Pool Development will install the energy saving system at commercial and industrial facilities participating in TEPCO’s demand response programme.
The technology will use the internet to remotely communicate with participating facilities ordering them to reduce their energy usage during periods stated by TEPCO.
[quote] Participants of the programme will receive incentives for their energy usage reductions.
The Schneider technology is expected to help customers reduce their energy costs by 2-3% and save up to 500,000kW by 2020.
The demand response project is set to begin in April 2017 and will help TEPCO reduce its power generation and purchase costs.
The programme will kickstart with 100 participants.
Energy demand and demand response
In mid-October, Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) partnered with energy management firm Comverge for the rollout of a DR programme.
The programme will be deployed in partnership with facility management firm Kanden Facilities and is funded by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The initiative falls under the Ministry’s efforts to ensure the East Asian state achieves a stable grid by shifting consumers' usage of power during peak periods to when energy demands are low.
The project will focus on helping operators of commercial buildings reduce their energy usage and costs. Comverge will deploy its demand response management technology, IntelliSOURCE Enterprise, into the utility’s grid network to remotely communicate the occurrence of peak periods to facilities registered within the Kanden Facilities network.
KEPCO will use the technology’s application IntelliPeak to remotely order HVAC systems and other appliances in commercial buildings to reduce power consumption during communicated peak demand times. [Japan and Iran sign MoU on energy efficiency].
The utility firm said it selected to use Comverge’s technology following a successful trial of the solution in a pilot.
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