With MeRegio our aim is to use energy intelligently, increase energy-efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. How can we do this in practice? By interconnecting centralised and decentralised energy production plants which communicate with one another.
The permanent exchange of data guarantees that electricity is always produced, fed and used as required ("energy on demand"). In particular, regional differences in electricity prices can be taken account of for the first time
Another advantage of smart grids: power stations and decentralised production plants will operate at optimum capacity which will lead to a reduction of expensive control energy used to compensate for peak periods.
But that is by no means everything: the smart grid continues in the home. Here your electronic appliances can communicate with the central system and are thus coupled to a dynamic tariff. They recognise the times when electricity is cheap. If you so desire, your washing machine can be set to automatically switch itself on when a certain kWh price is reached which you have programmed in advance.
Local optimisation also means that excess electricity (e.g. from a photovoltaic solar power plant) can be stored directly in the home, e.g. in an electric vehicle or in a stationary storage device. The short transmission path for energy production means that losses are reduced and the networks are not as highly overloaded.
A further optimisation also takes place at the regional level. Here we want to see whether the reduced amount of renewable energy available which is coupled to a price signal leads to a change in consumer behaviour. This means whether they are prepared to run their dishwasher when it is sunny because, for example, the photovoltaic solar power plant is currently producing cheaper electricity. The reason for this is that MeRegio intends to promote the development of renewable energy such as photovoltaic, biogas, wind and water power.
Being part of MeRegio means reducing the basic load on a daily basis, removing peak loads and shifting energy consumption – in particular it means: being energy-conscious. As a result the energy produced is used intelligently and remains affordable. It's better for the environment, better for your wallet and you don't even have to cut back. You are your own energy manager. You are in control of your consumption, your costs and you have the freedom to produce your own energy or to purchase it centrally. Primarily your behaviour gives nature a break and means that future generations will be able to enjoy it. You have taken responsibility and this is beneficial both to you and the environment.