Demand side management in Hong Kong : analysis of programmes and evaluation of problems

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Demand side management in Hong Kong : analysis of programmes and evaluation of problems

 

Author: Cheung, Kim-ching
Title: Demand side management in Hong Kong : analysis of programmes and evaluation of problems
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Electric utilities -- China -- Hong Kong
Electric power -- Conservation -- China -- Hong Kong
Electric power consumption -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: vi, 130 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1398614
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5230
Abstract: Demand Side Management (DSM) means measures taken by a utility to influence the level or timing of customers' energy demand in order to optimise the use of available utility resources. The objective of DSM is to reduce the summer peak demand for electricity and longer term growth in demand for electricity, so as to postpone, and possibly avoid, the construction of additional power generation plant. It has been widely applied in the United States to lower the electricity production cost and to minimise environmental impacts caused by electricity generation. This study assesses the rationale of electric utilities to implement DSM and the impacts of DSM on electricity demand, electricity tariff and environment of Hong Kong. Standard cost-effectiveness tests for evaluating the performance of DSM programmes were reviewed and a pilot residential energy efficient lighting programme implemented by a Hong Kong power company was analysed using the standard cost-effectiveness tests to estimate the benefits and costs of the programme. Existing barriers to the development of DSM in Hong Kong were identified and possible solutions to overcome these barriers by both the Hong Kong Government and the two local power companies were suggested. DSM programmes which have potential to achieve significant savings in energy and/or capacity were identified and the way forward for the Government and the power companies to successfully implement cost-effective DSM programmes were recommended.

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