Customer Simulation Models
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There are four unique types of electric energy consumers. Each one has its particularities, so they must be treated as totally independent entities. These types of consumers are :
- Household (or Residential) Consumers: The most common type of consumer. Every family or person occupying a house (apartment, etc) is substantially an active household consumer. Even though as single customers have low consumption, when aggregated in big groups their load can be as much as one factory complex. Lately, many household have placed photovoltaics on their roofs or utilize other means of alternative energy sources in order to produce their own electric energy to fulfill some of their consumption or to sell it to the Electric Grid when needed.
- Business Consumers: This consumer category contains all the small or medium businesses, small industries, agricultural partnerships etc. The business consumers demand great power supply than residential consumers but not as much as big enterprises and factory complexes. Ever since the late 1970, the business consumption has been rising and should not be underestimated as potential clientele.
- Public Services: It is known that public services go through special legislatives measures as far as the energy cost estimate is concerned. In addition, in most developed countries, the pertinent ministries try to utilize diverse methods of energy resources' management in each and every public organization, with highest priority to the most consuming ones, in order to achieve optimized energy performance and decrease energy consumption, by using smart meters, smart appliances and scheduling for maximum efficiency.
- Industry Consumers: Last in line, the most energy-consuming customers, using the high-voltage power lines, are the large manufacturing plants and the industry complexes, such as chemical plants, computer chip manufacturers, car industries etc.