Prospects of demand side management and demand response in Vietnam

This was the theme of the seminar co-organized by the Electricity Regulatory Agency of Vietnam under Ministry of Industry and Trade (ERAV) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on June 11, 2019 in Hanoi.

Mr. Tran Tue Quang - Deputy Director of the Electricity Regulatory Agency of Vietnam said that the Government of Vietnam has approved the National Program on Demand Side Management (DSM) for the period of 2018 - 2020, with a vision to 2030. Accordingly, demand response is the central program. These programs have been implemented by many countries around the world in order to balance demand and supply of electricity.

Deputy Director of Electricity Regulatory Agency of Vietnam - Mr. Tran Tue Quang spoke at the seminar

In particular, DSM programs will support customers, manufacturing and trading organizations in consuming electricity efficiently and economically, through demand reallocation solutions at peak hours, off-peak hours and normal hours.

With DR programs, customers will take the initiative in adjusting or changing electricity demand upon requests from electricity suppliers. Thereby, peak capacity at peak hours of the national power system can be reduced, and load peaks can be eliminated from the power system.

According to Mr. Tran Viet Nguyen – Deputy Director of EVN’s Business Department, with the aim of performing DSM and DR programs, Vietnam Electricity has conducted load forecast, analyzed samples and calculated basic load lines of large customers. EVN has been deploying DR programs in about 5,000 customers who are major energy consumers, mainly in industrial and construction loads.

EVN’s Vice President Vo Quang Lam and leaders of functional departments of EVN attended the Seminar on June 11, 2019

EVN's power utilities have pushed up their communication activities so that customers understand benefits and importance of DR programs. At the same time, these utilities have collaborated with People's Committees of provinces and cities in doing communication and encouraging customers to willingly participate in non-commercial DR.

To date, about 50% of targeted customers have signed non-commercial DR participation agreements.

Along with promoting the implementation of DR programs, EVN also motivates customers to install rooftop solar PV systems, or realize energy saving solutions.

EVN proposed that the Ministry of Industry and Trade should soon issue a commercial – financial mechanism to stimulate the realization of DR programs; soon issue guidelines for intermediary organizations to participate in DR market. EVN also expected that international organizations would provide supports by advising on policies, mechanisms, or via technical, experience exchanges on how to carry out DR programs.

At the Seminar, guests from the Korea Energy Agency, the Korea Energy Exchange Agency and the Korea Electric Power Corporation shared information on DSM and DR development policies; experience in operating DR market in Korea, etc.

After the Seminar, from June 11 – 14, 2019, participants will work at Power Corporations to survey and grasp the implementation situation of DSM and DR programs in Vietnam.

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