Tata Power & US firm AutoGrid to Deploy Smart Energy Management System in Delhi

Highlights :

  • The two companies are jointly launching a behavioural demand response (DR) program for the Tata Power’s residential customers to reduce peak demand and network capital costs.
  • DRprograms shift energy consumption from peak hours of the day to leaner demand periods by offering environmental and economic incentives to the consumers for their cooperation.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited is partnering with California-based AutoGrid to deploy artificial intelligence based smart energy management system in Delhi.

The two companies are jointly launching a behavioural demand response program for the former’s residential customers to reduce peak demand and network capital costs. This pilot project aims to empower customers, by helping them understand their consumption patterns and evaluate the effectiveness of demand response (DR) programs.

Demand Response (DR) programs aim to shift energy consumption from peak hours of the day to leaner demand periods by offering environmental and economic incentives to the consumers for their cooperation.

Participating customers can stay in control of their consumption, and voluntarily choose to turn down non-essential loads to reduce total load at peak times. In this way they will also be able to optimize their monthly electricity bills.

To measure the acceptability of this program and increase customer participation, Tata Power will also provide attractive incentives to customers based on the level of their participation in the pilot program. The results of the pilot will then be shared with the state regulator (DERC) to formulate appropriate incentives which can be applicable for all customers.

“Through this pilot program, we intend to give more control in the hands of the consumers…This initiative will support our mission to build a resource-efficient, greener electrical grid through smart tech integration,” said Mr. Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, in a press statement.

In the first phase, the program will be initiated for a period of 3 months, from 1st July to 30th September 2021 with 4,000 residential consumers with smart meter connections. Interested consumers would be informed a day in advance via email, SMS and calls. Based on the acceptance and success of the pilot, the program will also be extended in a phased manner to the following areas:

  • Automated Demand Response leveraging Residential Air Conditioning Systems and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Commercial and Industrial sites
  • Integration of Energy Storage, Solar PV, Electrical Vehicles and other DERs for grid balancing and stabilization
  • Microgrids and Site Optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) applications
  • Commercial &Industrial Site optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS)

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Tata Power-DDL to bring pioneering solutions to their customer base by leveraging our best in class energy platform,” said Mr. Amit Narayan, CEO, AutoGrid. “With this strategic partnership we aim to demonstrate the value of DR and DERs for the expansion of renewable energy in India and realization of a decarbonized society while meeting the ambitions of a fast growing economy,” he added.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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