Demand Side Management (DSM), is the modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods and behavioral change. This aims as encouraging the consumer to use less energy during peak hours, or to move the time of energy use to off-peak.
BPC has embarked on a number of Demand Side Management (DSM) initiatives aimed at alleviating Power Supply Shortages; both energy conservation & efficiency techniques.
Energy Conservation > this is the act of reducing energy consumption through using less of an energy service.
Energy efficiency > maintaining the same level of services but lowering the overall energy consumption.
Some of the implemented DSM initiatives are:
- Hot Water Load Control System: To manage customer's hot water loads (geysers) as a way of controlling demand during peak hours.
- Load Curtailment Program: reducing the power supply (contractual capacity –13.8KW Single phase and 35kW for Three phase) offered to Domestic and small business categories during the evening demand peak to a lower limit that may be varied depending on the severity of the power supply deficit (currently 2.3kW Single phase and 6.9kW for Three phase)
- Installation of CFLs: A total of 820,000 CFLs were installed countrywide (replacement of incandescent bulbs)