Abu Dhabi to conduct energy purchase trial
Volunteers sought for 'time of day' pricing trial
Abu Dhabi’s Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) has announced that it is set to undertake a trial energy purchasing project which will test the effectiveness of incentives to reduce energy consumption in the Emirate. The RSB, which is the independent regulator of electricity, water and wastewater in Abu Dhabi, is seeking 400 volunteer households from selected areas to have electronic smart meters installed. The trial will then see these households placed on a theoretical ‘time of day’ pricing structure where electricity use is charged at two different rates. The aim is to see whether it is possible to incentivise electricity usage during low-demand periods, through a two-tier pricing structure.
Participant households will be placed on a pricing structure where off peak usage (between 8PM and 2PM) will be priced at around a third of peak time usage. Volunteers will then be able to track their usage through a wireless display unit, which provides a visible means for households to track energy consumption, cost information and their historic usage. In addition, households will be sent a monthly report on their consumption and performance, together with suggestions on where potential savings could be made. Powerwise, the RSB office running the trial, wants to see whether households will switch energy-intensive activities such as heating and cooling to off-peak times of day.
The trial is set to begin in August this year, and will run for a 16 month period.