Energy management is one of the methods used by electricity companies to control the national grid load curve in accordance with the economic operation of power stations and electrical networks.
Among these methods used by the electricity companies is load management, load shedding, and intelligent load shedding.
The positive aspect of this method is that subscribers would pay reduced bills in return.
According to the Egyptian Electricity Utility & Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptERA), the “load shedding” contracts are temporary and are used by power companies to manage energy, control the load curve of the electricity grid, and reduce reliance on less efficient production units, such as gas-turbine units.
In terms of the types of load shedding contracts, they include deferring loads to non-peak hours, load shedding during peak hours, coordinating periodic maintenance to match peak hours, and deferring annual maintenance.
These contracts include consensual contracts between the subscriber and the electricity company, fixed-term contracts for a fixed number of days per year or specified hours per day, as well as to reduce the subscriber’s load to the minimum permitted limit by prior agreement.
The contract is either concluded directly or through mediators and is based on specific prices issued by the EgyptERA.