Carbon Management Technology Conference,
7-9 February 2012,
Orlando, Florida, USA
Emissions associated to energy generation depend on the source of supply –
which varies from polluting oil thermal units to clean renewables. This paper
assesses the quality of supply in terms of associated emissions and, more
importantly, load management strategies targeting a cleaner energy supply. We
propose a framework where each consumer may know the impact of his (her) load
management in terms of emissions and the associated economic costs. It will be
then possible to clearly identify each consumer’s possible “green initiative”
action and associated tariffs. We hope this will be the first step towards a
transparent, society-supported sustainable future.
Index Terms--demand side management, smart green, green energy, carbon
management, emission reduction
RENEWABLE energy’s main benefits are well known: thermal displacement and
associated emission reduction.
Moreover, smart grid advances open a whole new world on demand and network
management, uncovering to consumers information about the emissions associated
to their load and providing them an efficient control over their carbon
The green option, however, comes with a price: renewables may be more expensive
than traditional thermal units. It is important to - far from deny it - know
the price tag and build an incentive structure able to cover expenses.
This work is based on the "smart green"  concept and proposes a signal
structure able to provide the consumer the whole picture: his impact on
emissions and available cleaner options – of course, with the associated
The model targets initially the non-regulated clients, which concentrate the
huge network consumption and are used to monitor and control their peak load.
Further extensions could include residential and smaller consumers, after a
wide and explanatory campaign.