SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The City of Seoul registered a virtual power plant to sell 5MW of electricity saved by its 18 affiliated institutions (including its water recycling centers); the first time a local government body has done so.
Seoul announced on May 18 that it registered a virtual power plant from 5MW of electricity savings to sell via a power market called “Negawatt” introduced last November.
Consumers can sign up with Korea Power Exchange for the amount of electricity consumption reduced via the virtual power plant, with Korea Power Exchange offering the proceeds saved by reduced power generation to consumers. In this way, consumers can make money by selling electricity while getting a lower power bill.
After opening the Negawatt market, large companies, factories and buildings joined the market, with Seoul as the first local government body to join.
To save 5MW of electricity, the city government will adjust operation of facilities at peak times and turn off unnecessary lights. 5MW of electricity can cover concurrent usage for 1,600 households.
By operating the virtual power plant, the city expects to earn approximately 100 million won (US$91,700) in just six months. The proceedings will be used for housing improvements for low income people in the city.
By John Choi (email@example.com)