Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Demand Management

There has been quite a lot of controversy surrounding the proposed new Xcel towers at Ruby Hill. Does anyone realize this upgrade can be completely avoided with prudent Demand Side Management?

This from the Leonardo Energy website:
"Italy is currently undertaking a programme to install 30 million smart meters. It is estimated that demand-side management tariffs, which limit customers to 3KW of power during peak periods, have reduced peak demand by 5% for 3 hours, 10 days a year. This has removed the need to construct a power station with 2GW capacity to cover the peak demand."

Smart meter technology can also prevent all new powerline capacity upgrades.

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