Tata Power has started a trial of a smart energy management system with AI capabilities this month. The system will be tested on 55,000 residential and 6,000 commercial and industrial Mumbai clients during the pilot.
As part of this pilot initiative, Tata Power anticipates that its “Demand Response Program” would assist customers in minimizing electricity demand when energy-hungry air conditioners are turned on in the upcoming days.
These consumers, who are taking part in the pilot project, will receive information about the peak hour, the likely market rate, and the potential end time of the peak hour. Large office buildings, commercial complexes, and governmental organizations are also among these customers.
“The customers can defer the use of AC and switch it off during the peak hours and cool the room before the peak hour hits. By doing this, the load will come down. Also, we will be able to monitor these customers on how they optimized their use of electricity. We have proposed to provide a one-time incentive of ₹25 and ₹1 per unit saved by all those residential consumers who have participated in this pilot project,” said an official from Tata Power.
Mumbai’s power consumption is currently hovering between 2,800 and 2,900 Megawatts, and is anticipated to rise in the coming days. This method might be useful, especially with the anticipated increase in electricity use and rising temperatures.
Despite having long-term power purchase agreements, Mumbai’s power distribution companies are nonetheless forced to purchase from the open market because of the city’s growing demand.