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April 2016

Reviewing CAL 2015 with a comparison of spot and contract

Last week I met with another of Australia’s major energy users, and was asked questions by some of their international representatives about the approach we have taken in assisting C&I energy users in a particular form of Demand Response: The particular form = spot exposure, and curtailment at times of high…


Options to reduce energy costs – Spot prices

Several years ago businesses in Australia enjoyed a global competitive advantage by operating in an environment of low energy costs . . . then things changed. High energy costs are now becoming critical, and we have seen many businesses (particularly manufacturing) close their doors and move off shore at least…



Part IV (cont): consumer side Demand-Response technologies

Last week I talked about the back-office capabilities required to deliver a Demand Response program. In this second half of the post, I talk about technologies on the consumer side. Automated Demand Response (ADR) is relatively mature for Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers. It is still in its early stages…




Part II: Why you need a Demand Response strategy

In my last post, I described what I believed Demand Response is, and isn’t. I described Demand Response as being where a third party, such as a Utility, has a need for a consumer to reduce their electricity during a specified period. In this post, I explore why you should…