DSM – Demand Side Management

Energy use can vary dramatically on short and medium time frames, largely dependent on weather patterns.Energy demand management, also known as demand side management (DSM), is the modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods such as financial incentives and behavioral change through education. Usually, the goal of demand side management is to encourage the consumer to use less energy during peak hours, or to move the time of energy use to off-peak times such as nighttime and weekends.

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen has expertise within energy demand management activities attempt to bring the energy demand and supply closer to a perceived optimum, and helps give energy end users more direct price signals to adjust their usage or automated signals to change load depending on system conditions.

These system conditions could be peak times, or in areas with levels of Variable renewable energy, during times when demand must be adjusted upward to avoid over generation or downward helping with ramping needs.

Energy demand management activities within the electricity sector attempt to bring the electricity demand and supply closer to a perceived optimum, and help give electricity end users more direct price signals to adjust their usage or automated signals to change load depending on system conditions.

Adjustments to demand can occur in various ways: through responses to price signals, such as permanent differential rates for evening- and day times or occasional highly priced usage days, behavioral changes achieved through home area networks, automated controls such as with remotely controlled air-conditioners, or with permanent load adjustments with energy efficient appliances.

Previous assignments have required the support of our skills in developing policy for Demand Side management and including both energy supply and demand, specifically:

  • Armenia : Demand Side Management – electricity and gas
  • Vietnam: Demand Side Management; Vietnam EVN (Electricity Viet Nam)

Danish Energy Management & Esbensen provide detailed analysis of current trends, forecasting of future demand patterns, identification of policy options for the specific context, and recommendations for reforms, based on a thorough understanding of global best practice and supplemented by quantitative analysis that makes use of tested, multi-faceted databases and energy modeling tools.

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The types of savings (particularly relevant to the electricity sector).
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Demand Side Management programme elements
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