Workshop on Demand-Side Management Assistance in China

 

When: 1997

Where: China

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To share knowledge and give technical assistance to Chinese utilities in developing demand-side management programs through workshops and technical site visits

When: 1997

Where: China

What: Developing Technical Skills

The Ministry of Electric Power (MEP) of the People’s Republic of China sought our assistance to share the member companies’ combined experience and technical assistance in modern methods of controlling power usage from the demand side. The MEP was looking to implement more demand-side management (DSM) programs to reduce China’s emissions of greenhouse gases and create greater energy efficiency gains to provide a return on investment to utilities by significantly lowering the capital expenditures required for the construction of new generation capacity.

As a preliminary step in November 1995, members received a delegation from the MEP for technical visits to industries that exemplified the benefits of DSM programs. The technical visits illustrated both the effectiveness of cooperation between industry and electric utilities, using both high technology and effective marketing tools, and the benefits to both the client and the utility.

Experts from GSEP’s member companies participated in a fact-finding mission to China in spring 1996 to gather information on the current and forecasted status of China’s residential, commercial, and industrial energy use, tariff structure and metering, and energy conservation laws and regulations.

Based on the results of the fact-finding mission, the GSEP, together with the MEP, held a joint workshop in the city of Dalian in Liaoning Province from June 10-21, 1996. Approximately 140 representatives from power utilities across China attended the presentations from 23 member company experts in various areas of DSM such as:

  • Planning and implementing DSM programs in electricity utilities
  • Role of legislation and regulations in DSM
  • Tariff structures, metering and incentives for load management
  • DSM through use of high-technology applications
  • Marketing of DSM technologies and programs

The cooperation with the MEP extended to two rounds of technical visits for Chinese experts to member company facilities in all of the member countries during 1996-97. The MEP delegations visited each participating member company utility and their clients to receive information and training on recent developments and successes in DSM programs and technologies.

“It is a pleasure to express the deep satisfaction of the Ministry of Electric Power with the two weeks of technical presentations that were delivered to representatives of power companies from all over the People’s Republic of China. Your experts were tremendously knowledgeable and professional. The information supplied and the technical discussions will be of great value to the Ministry of Electric Power in planning our DSM programs.”

Qi Zhijian, Director of Division Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Electric Power

Participating members and partners

  • All members
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