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New AEEE study outlines “Roadmap for Demand Flexibility in India” and Effective Low-Carbon Strategies for DISCOMs to Manage Peak Demand


03 June 2022 18:01 STI

New Delhi [India]June 3 (ANI/NewsSee): Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE), one of India’s leading organizations raising awareness of energy efficiency as a resource, today released a report titled “Roadmap for demand flexibility in India” in collaboration with AutoGrid.
The report highlights the wide range of opportunities that demand response (DR) offers that can effectively help power distribution companies (DISCOMs) in India to manage their future growing electricity demand while continuing to operate reliably towards a greener network. It further indicates that DISCOMs should define the ideal consumer-centric DR strategy, including a portfolio of customizable options.
Speaking at the launch of the report, Dr Satish Kumar, President and Chief Executive of the AEEE, said: “Given the growing demand for electricity in India, it is imperative that demand response is widespread. by regulators, system operators and DISCOMs for Today, as power generation becomes greener, but more intermittent and must be predictable, it is absolutely essential to focus on flexible demand as a resource and must be included in the process of integrated resource planning and enabling performance-based regulations. For this to happen at scale, consumers must be allowed to participate in energy and utility markets. ancillary products. Now is the time to leverage advanced measurement infrastructure and other innovative technologies to deploy well-designed DR programs. Enriched with ex global expertise and pioneering experience of AutoGrid, this report will serve as a roadmap and guide for key players responsible for reliable and cost-effective operation in a low-carbon grid. »
According to the report,
Scalable DR programs can be successful if they are designed to create win-win situations for consumers and DISCOMs.
Leveraging energy data collected by smart meters to segment consumers and identify potential target consumers is a useful tactic.
Initial interventions can be facilitated by the use of behavioral DR measures which can be extended to include more advanced automation options like flexible DR.
“We are delighted to partner with the AEEE to establish a clear roadmap to manage issues related to growing peak demand and dependence on coal or other fossil sources,” said Vish Ganti, Vice-President President and CEO of AutoGrid. “By harnessing the power of collective human action, DISCOMS can create a strong customer value proposition for investments in smart meters, virtual power plants, and encourage good behavioral actions,” he added.
Over the past 5 years, a 50% increase in the number of homes equipped with air conditioners has added a significant new cooling load to an already growing peak demand. This growth, however, can be turned into an efficient resource by DISCOMs through intelligent load control with built-in DR and Wi-Fi plug-ins as part of a virtual power plant program.

Demand flexibility through effective disaster recovery programs paves the way for consumer participation in network support service mechanisms. Today, behavioral R&D programs constitute the bulk of this potential and are easy to exploit due to relatively lower running costs. Subsequently, with the rise of controllable loads and smart devices, advanced Auto-DR, called Flexible DR (Flex-DR), should be explored. Flexible demand can go a long way towards balancing supply and demand in network operation with varying supply and increasing demand.
Additionally, well-designed strategic DR initiatives will lead to greater energy efficiency, contributing directly to consumer savings and reaching the net zero emissions goal set at the COP26 summit. According to the report, the Office of Energy Efficiency has highlighted the crucial role of energy efficiency (EE) in India’s energy transition, and the reduction in emissions due to EE is estimated to be equivalent to 50% of India’s total emission reduction targets.
Nonetheless, to sustain operations into the future and achieve the goal of an affordable and reliable energy supply, DISCOMs must think beyond EE programs and take a proactive role in engaging with consumers. In this regard, DR presents an exceptional opportunity for DISCOMs to better adapt to the realities of a cleaner grid and high demand electrification.
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) is one of the leading organizations in India working to raise awareness of energy efficiency as a resource. It is a non-profit energy efficiency policy support and market enabler. We promote and support energy efficiency policy and research based on data and evidence.
The AEEE is a convening platform bringing together key energy stakeholders – industry, government, civil society and professionals to engage in constructive dialogue to influence effective and impactful policies. and build a strong ecosystem for effective implementation.
At AEEE, we undertake cutting-edge research-based projects for global bilateral, multilateral, foundations and government agencies specializing in the areas of sustainable cold chain, advanced technologies, sustainable building design, national and local action, public electricity and eMobility services, and energy. Data services and sustainable aviation.
AutoGrid’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy to combat climate change. With over a decade of pioneering experience across the globe, AutoGrid offers renewable project developers, asset owners, energy-as-a-service companies, utilities and power retailers the ability to build, own, operate and participate in intelligent and scalable virtual networks. Power plants (VPP) allowing them to break their dependence on fossil fuels. AutoGrid’s AI-driven software makes electric vehicles, batteries, rooftop solar, utility scale wind, and other distributed energy resources (DERs) smarter.
By enabling real-time prediction, optimization and control of millions of energy assets at an unprecedented scale, AutoGrid is making the vision of a new decentralized, decarbonized and democratized energy world a reality.
The AutoGrid FlexTM platform is currently under contract to manage over 6,000 MW of distributed energy assets in 15 countries, ranging from electric vehicles, storage or rooftop solar to microgrids on campuses or industrial sites, large-scale storage and renewable farms. The world’s #1 virtual power plant and #1 distributed energy resource management platform (according to the latest global rankings from industry-leading research and analytics company Guidehouse Insights).
Additional information can be found at: www.auto-grid.com.
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