Demand Management or Load Curtailment involves switching off electricity loads for short periods of time, such that it is not noticeable and will have minimal impact on every day living standards. This could include swimming pools, air-conditioning units, refrigerators and heaters.
Using advanced telecommunication infrastructure and innovative coordination software; a large number of these units can be simultaneously curtailed. This creates the potential for significant load reduction, particularly during peak load times and times of system constraint.
This option can serve as part of a diversified approach to peak demand management and deferment of network augmentation and capital expenditure.