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Electrical Peak Demand Characterisation

PhD Candidate

Imran Khan


Project Dates



Imran's research is examining problems relating to peak electricity demand. The highest electricity use at a particular time refers as peak demand, and around the world it is often associated with high levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the additional generation required. If peaks in demand are a lot higher than the base demand then it is also inefficient, as additional generation is required just to produce electricity for those peak times. For electrical power security it is critically important to manage these peaks. Imran's research is in two contrasting countries, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
In both nations, residential electricity consumption is variable on a daily and seasonal basis. The purpose of this project is: firstly, to identify the reasons behind daily peak electricity demand in the residential sector; and to propose more effective demand side management strategies.
The second objective of the project is to assess the generation of greenhouse gases from electricity generation (i.e. carbon intensity); particularly, the generation that is meeting the peak demands.
This research will help policy makers of New Zealand and Bangladesh to better control electricity-related GHG emissions.

Imran's Thesis   A Temporal Approach to Characterizing Electrical Peak Demand: Assessment of GHG Emissions at the Supply Side and Identification of Dominant Household Factors at the Demand Side