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Load Management

Study Name

Load Management Study

Subject of Study

ECRA prepared a feasibility study on DSM which showed that this approach depends on two main components: “load shifting at times of peak demand” programs, and “energy efficiency” programs.

Date of Study

2011

Study Objectives

​​In the past few years electrical peak loads in the Kingdom grew at a rate of 8% per annum. This rapid growth rate is attributed to several factors:

  • Growth of the population and the economy.
  • Growth of per capita consumption of electricity.
  • Lack of use of thermal insulation in buildings.
  • Low efficiency of electrical equipment used in the Kingdom, especially air-conditioning equipment which represents the largest the component of electricity consumption.

The load growth presents a challenge to the Kingdom’s electricity industry to raise huge amounts of capital, ranging between SR20 billion and SR40 billion annually in order to build the generation capacities, and the transmission and distribution networks that are required to meet this growth. The Kingdom’s electricity system can meet the growth of electricity loads in one of two ways:

  • Expansion of the system by building new generation plants, and new transmission and distribution networks, or
  • Reduce demand for electric power, and minimize waste due to inefficient use of electricity. This approach is known as “Demand- Side Management” (DSM).
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