OPWP plans demand response study for electricity sector

Muscat - 

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited proposals for carrying out a detailed report on demand response study for the sultanate’s electricity sector.

‘OPWP seeks proposals from interested bidders to carry out demand response study, program design and proof-of-concept support project,’ the sultanate’s sole buyer of power and water capacity said in a statement on its website. The tender documents are electronically available and the interested parties can submit the documents till September 4.

OPWP explained that the main objective of this project is to assist the company in ensuring that demand response participation is a prospective option for future capacity procurement alongside the current practice of procuring capacity. OPWP has set a target to achieve a 100MW capacity contribution from the Demand Response Program by 2025.

OPWP earlier explained that the Demand Response Program can provide a significant and cost-effective resource towards reducing capacity requirements.

‘This year OPWP plans to identify demand response potential in more customer segments, assess compensation options, and begin to develop verification protocols and contracting approaches. Demonstration trials would recommence in 2020,’ OPWP sain in its latest seven-year statement,

OPWP expects to launch the Demand Response Program for commercial operation in 2021.

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