Tata Power’s DSM Program Saves 6 GWh in Mumbai Distribution in FY20

Tata Power’s Demand Side Management (DSM) program in Mumbai is a multi-dimensional, holistic and technology-driven approach with a focus on capacity building of the consumers towards energy management. DSM initiatives have always been unique offerings from the Utility considering that they always work behind the meter i.e. for end-user energy management.

TATA DSM Program

The firm started in its release that ‘as a responsible corporate and India’s largest integrated power utility, Tata Power stays committed towards conservation and efficient use of energy by its consumers.’ Today, the company is recognized as a torchbearer for its consumers by proactively conceptualising and promoting various Demand Side Management (DSM) programs that benefit them substantially. It has been an integral part of the services offering of Tata Power.

The higher peak demand forced Discoms to buy costly power to meet the peak resulting in tariff shocks. DSM was introduced by the Regulatory Commissions to offset the increasing gap between the baseload and peak load. Regulators encouraged utilities to design new DSM programs and promote the same to the consumers. The initiatives were duly evaluated and adequately funded by the regulator to ensure its success.

Tata Power initiated DSM by adopting comprehensive analysis of the hourly demand consumption of various consumer categories to identify set patterns and establish footprints and signatures. These findings were further evaluated and analysed with the experts to design wide range of DSM programs such as:

Energy Conservation Program – Appliance Exchange/New Purchase Ceiling fans, Refrigerators, Split ACs and LED Tube Light program (mainly for Residential Consumers); Standard Offer Program (for big industrial and commercial consumers)

Energy Diagnosis Program – Energy Audit Programs (for industrial and commercial consumers)

Energy Shift Program – Thermal Energy Storage programs and Demand Response Programs (for big industrial and commercial consumers)

Net metering facility for customers with installed Rooftop Solar PV in their premises (within the regulatory framework)

Safety awareness programs

Besides this, Tata Power has also acted as the facilitator of the DELP (Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme) of the Govt. of India on the economic model which was revenue-neutral.

One of the benefits of DSM programs is that consumers can efficiently supervise, control and manage their electricity consumption thereby contributing towards protecting the environment. It also offers various incentives for all the aforementioned DSM programs in order to promote the adoption of better energy management practices and negotiates with the appliance manufacturer to ensure bulk discount apart from the handsome rebate (up to 50 percent of MRP on the efficient products availed under the program).

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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