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Demand Side Dispatching, Part 2: An Industrial Application
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As part of their Demand Side Management programs, electric utility companies often offer Time of Use (TOU) or other incentive rates to large industrial clients. Such rates offer potential money saving opportunities to industrial clients, and the benefits of improved load shape to the electric power utility. The evidence indicates, however, that industrial facilities have taken only limited advantage of such opportunities. Even those industrial plants that are on TOU rates tend not to adjust the operating policy of their plant utilities (boilers, turbines, chillers, etc.) in response to varying power costs. The main reason for these missed opportunities is a lack of suitable dispatching programs. A key component of successful DSM programs is dispatching software which should not only be reliable, realistic and robust, but must also be easy to use by plant operations and planning staff. Once such software is in place, continuous benefits can be realized by both the industrial clients and the sponsoring utility. Details of development and deployment of such a program sponsored by Detroit Edison for a local refinery are presented in this paper.
Nath, R.; Cerget, D. A.; Henderson, E. T. (1993). Demand Side Dispatching, Part 2: An Industrial Application. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.eslwin.tamu.edu). Available electronically from