By 2016, one out of every two households will be supplied with a smart meter (AMI·Advanced Metering Infrastructure). Staring this year, it became mandatory to install high-efficient lightings such as LED in underground parking lots for apartment buildings.
At the Central Government Complex in Sejongno, Seoul, the government held “6th Green Growth Policy Implementation Check Meeting” chaired by the Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, and discussed a plan to strengthen the practice of green growth.
Gwan-Seop, Lee (Head of Energy Resource, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy) spoke, “After announcing the strategy to implement smart grid in 2009, an evaluation of the policy showed steady performance improvement in the areas of technology development and application. From this year, we are planning to spread the distribution of AMI·recharger for electric cars and to focus our available capacity on creating the initial market.
Initially, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) plans to distribute 10 million units of AMI (one for every two homes) by year 2016. For this, MKE has appropriated the budget of 3.6 billion won for this year. Also by linking the deployment goal of electric cars, it is installing 150,000 electric car rechargers within 4 years. The era of “one recharger per one electric car” is being opened. By the end of the year, it is going to establish a nationwide recharging infra implementation plan and plans to provide real-time information system on recharging power usage data and the locations of recharging stations.
By 2016, the energy storage facility, in the expansion stage, will be distributed at 200,000kWh that is enough to supply 17,000 household for one day. Base on this, they are planning promote demand management, electric car recharging and energy storage business, and vitalize the smart meter, recharger, and battery markets. To expanding LED market, the application to the federal and public section will be reinforced as well.
In order to expand the use of LED by local governments, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy is selecting 2~3 sample cities for the LED implementation by the end of the year. It is planning to make mandatory to install LED on public places such as underground parking lot for new construction and remodeling of apartment buildings. Especially, it will be applied in phases to buildings such as subway stations, hospitals and large stores. It has increased the participation rate of small and medium businesses (SMEs) to more than 40% from that of 15 % on R&D projects for 8 key critical parts such as sensor module, drivers and others. It is encouraging the participation of large companies in the areas of module and platform standardization for system lightings; thus, establishing a cooperative structure for large companies and SMEs
It is introducing the national standard for LED lighting modules in June. This is to improve designs and the competitiveness of products, and to lower the cost of quality control by SMEs. It is moving forward to make domestic testing agencies to receive international certification as testing facilities which can lower the cost of receiving international certificates, burdened by exporting companies.
Gwan-Seop, Lee stated, “In long term, we are reviewing the adoption of electricity trading system to boost up the smart service industry. And, we are going to administer polices so that every household can be installed with AMI by year 2020.”