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LOI Signed for Residential EMS Project

NEDO and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have concluded a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on a demonstration project for a new energy management system (EMS) for all-electric buildings. The LOI was signed by NEDO Executive Director WADA Takashi and CEC Chair David Hochschild on December 14, 2022.

University of California, Davis (local partner)

The U.S. state of California’s Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has established the goal of realizing net zero carbon emissions in the power generation sector by 2030. SMUD faces challenges to realizing this goal, however, due to the increased cost of electric power infrastructure associated with the electrification of all residential households in its service area and the difficulty of forecasting power loads to the grid and controlling demand for power.

To address these challenges, a residential EMS will be installed under the project that supports power grid flexibility in local residences and commercial offices by forecasting residential power consumption and controlling hours of operation, thereby contributing to the goals of reducing expenditures for power transmission infrastructure, eliminating the need for supplementary thermal power, and achieving customer satisfaction.

The demonstration project EMS features advanced residential energy equipment controls guided by forecasts of electricity demand and is expected to help address issues associated with the implementation of all-electric power systems.

Panasonic Holdings Corporation, the Japanese company entrusted by NEDO to carry out this demonstration project, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local partners SMUD and the University of California, Davis to clarify the division of responsibilities for the demonstration project. With the signing of this LOI, NEDO and CEC have agreed to cooperate in support of the demonstration project.

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