Demand Side Management

         For almost 30 years since 1993, EGAT has implemented the Demand Side Management Project by promoting energy and environment conservation through several measures and guidelines to reduce the unnecessary use of electricity, fuel import, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and to maintain the overall stability of the electricity generation during the peak period.20211001E 01

         The project has mobilized all sectors to participate in energy saving; for example, promotion of manufacturing and import of high efficiency electrical equipment with reasonable price, the campaign for motivating consumers to use energy-saving electrical appliances as later well-known under Label No.5, support the use and development of technology concerning electrical efficiency and dissemination of knowledge on energy saving, etc.

         Activities in demand side management under the 3E strategies in 2020 are as follows:

         In 2020, under the project of No.5 energy-saving label, the 28.33 million labels were attached on products, which could save electricity demand of 281 MW, save the energy of 1,865 million kWh, and decrease the carbon dioxide emissions from the process of electricity generation of 908.61 thousand tCO2e. (For the cumulative value since the beginning of the project from 1993 to 2020, the project could save the maximum energy of 5,309 MW, the electric power of 31,880 million kWh, and the carbon dioxide emissions from the process of electricity generation of 17,871 thousand tCO2e).20211001E 02

         The labelling scheme would be expanded to 2 more products, namely air purifier and horizontal drum type washing machine. Meetings with manufacturers and testing laboratories were held to determine the energy efficiency criteria.20211001E 03

         Moreover, through the project of No.5 energy-saving label, EGAT has promoted the circular economy model which involves the reduction, reuse, and recycling of resources to create appropriate separation process to obtain resource for reuse with cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness. In 2020, EGAT, in cooperation with the Electrical and Electronics Institute and allies, supported the pilot project in research and development on electronic waste management by simulation. The objective of the project was to obtain the waste management process in accordance with the draft Act on Management of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment which specifies 5 types of waste, namely computer, telephone and cordless phone, air-conditioner, television, and refrigerator. The potential and readily available project sites for study and practice are Nonthaburi Municipality, Nonthaburi Province and Buri Ram Province. Meeting with manufacturers participating in the project of No.5 energy-saving label was held to propose the guidelines for determining the criteria for circular economy and the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment.

Pilot project to promote Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) for power producers and distributors

         EGAT, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) promoted EERS to reduce energy use in the target group by providing consultancy and financial motivation, which could result in energy saving of 27.68 million kWh.20211001E 0420211001E 05

Project of Energy Efficiency Labelling for Housing and Building

         EGAT, in cooperation with allies in the public and private sectors, including educational institutions has promoted the construction of houses and buildings with design of high efficiency energy saving which meet the efficiency criteria. In 2020, there were 7 designs of houses and buildings which fulfilled the criteria. The scope of the project would be expanded to be Smart and Sustainable Community for Better Well-Being (SCC) by means of technological and innovation integration and upgrade the quality of life of the people in all dimensions with sustainability. In this connection, EGAT has cooperated with the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the implementation of the pilot project at Bang Chalong Uea-Athon Housing Project, Samut Prakan Province.

         EGAT, in cooperation with the Office of the Basic Education Commission, has implemented the “Green Classroom” project since 1998. Presently, 464 primary and secondary schools countrywide have participated in the project. The project has expanded to other activities such as Green School (model school of energy and environmental conservation), Low Carbon School (school with reduction of electricity use), Low Carbon School to Community (reduction of electricity use at home), No.5 Energy-Saving Building in Educational Institution, Energy and Environmental Conservation Learning Center, and No.5 Energy-Saving Community.20211001E 06

         Each year, more than 800,000 students have learned and participated in the energy and environmental activities and could apply the related knowledge in their daily life and extend the experience to their family. Activities of energy saving are as follows:

Green School (model school of energy and environmental conservation)

         The purpose of the project is to promote the integration of the energy and environmental conservation principle with all systems in schools, which include energy management, teaching and learning, school activities, and arrangement of landscape to facilitate education for students. From 2009-present, 209 schools have met the criteria of “Green School”.

Low Carbon School (school with reduction of electricity use)

         From 2014-present, 129 schools could reduce electricity use of 1.87 million kWh and save the cost of 8.76 million Baht. The reduction of carbon dioxide gas emissions from the process of electricity generation was 1,062 tCO2e.

Low Carbon School to Community (reduction of electricity use at home)

         Starting from 2016, the project has supported the schools to extend the reduction of electricity use to students’ families to decrease the use of energy at the minimum of 5%. In 2020, a total of 33,769 households could save the energy of 4.91 million kWh and save the cost of 17.79 million Baht. The decrease of carbon dioxide emissions from the process of electricity generation was 2,783 tCO2e.20211001E 07

No.5 Energy-Saving Building in Educational Institution

         Starting from 2018, the project has supported development of the learning building to use energy with maximum efficiency by taking into account 3 factors, namely building, equipment, and energy saving habit. At present, 23 schools have fulfilled the criteria.

Green classroom in the group of 10 schools under the royal patronage of the Crown Prince

         On the occasion of the coronation of His Majesty the King, as a part of the celebration, EGAT and Ministry of Energy has implemented the Green Classroom Project to increase the efficiency of electricity use in educational institutions.

Green Classroom 2020

         EGAT, in cooperation with Office of the Basic Education Commission, the Secondary Educational Service Office - Area 34, and Sanpatong Wittayakom School in Chiang Mai Province, extended the network of Green Classroom Project to create the society of wisdom and transfer the knowledge in energy, efficient use of electricity, and environmental conservation to the youth, and increased interactive learning in the “Green Classroom 2020”. Moreover, EGAT supported the improvement of energy efficiency at the Center of Promoting Talent of Wisdom (Phra Phrom Mongkhol Vi.) at Sanpatong Wittayakom School in Chiang Mai as No.5 energy- saving building.20211001E 08

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

         EGAT supported the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions activity by means of reduction of electricity use in school such as replacing electric bulb with energy-saving bulb, organizing low carbon school activity, reducing electricity use in school and at home, and participating in Low Emission Support Scheme (LESS) of Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) to take part in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions of the country.

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EGAT Magazine 2020 - Apr-Jun