The People’s Virtual Power Plant

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The Korea Power Exchange (KPX) set students and parents as policy targets and systematically connected electricity-saving activities with the performance of volunteer hours which reflected in grades of school students. This program, which estimates electricity savings as a service rather than money, is leading to changes in consciousness that are perceived as social values in the future. The People's Virtual Power Plant will eventually be fused with advanced technology (blockchain, AI, big data) to develop into national institutions.

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Last 50 years, Korea has grown its economy through strong industrial policies and is planning to achieve an average national income of USD 30,000.00. Among these 50 years, it is noticeable that Korea has led the global market in many of fields especially on manufacturing, finance industry and the information technology. This can be interpreted as Korea has focused and centralized on industries that require tremendous amount of electricity, and thus produce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce the constructional risk of the power plants and electricity cost and also to protect the natural environment, KPX has developed an electricity conservation program that all citizens can participate and experience. This electricity conservation program is a demand management program and considered to be different with any other electricity conservation program.

It is quite similar with many of western countries that the elementary, middle school and high school students' volunteer work is reflected to their grades. KPX was able to include students' electricity-saving activities as volunteer work and can be reflected to their grades based on their hours devoted to this activity. This policy does not require additional finances to initiate and thus this program has provided great satisfaction to both students and the Power Authorities. This program has enabled to change the concept that the electricity-saving as a volunteer service rather than money, and furthermore this program is changing the concept of electricity-saving as social values.

We acknowledge that Korean students want to concentrate on the college entrance exam and more studying time and are not inclined to perform the physical and time-consuming volunteer activities. However, the Virtual Power Plant suggests the volunteer activities the students and their families tend to be more gladly in perform.

Students now contribute in the following ways:

- In everyday life, finding the waste of electricity and taking a certifying photo : Adjusting the street light time to season, etc.

- Reducing the smartphone charge by controlling the amount to which they are texting and gaming

- Reducing the game time on their personal computers

- Proposing to measure electricity of their activities

- Proposing the government policy : Electricity usage compared to last month and year in electricity bill

- Moving the their family laundry time to the cheapest electricity bill time.

The People's Virtual Power Plant will be fused with an advanced technology (block chain, artificial intelligence, big data) to develop into national systems and institutions. KPX has a plan to do the small-scaled project the next year(2019) and we are currently setting a budget.

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Year: 2018
Level of government: National/Federal government


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