The AEMC has today announced that the proposed Wholesale Demand Response Mechanism (a.k.a ‘Negawatt Dispatch Mechanism’) is still on track to begin in October 2021.
The AEMC’s press release stated that requests to delay the implementation timeline were considered due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, ultimately it was decided that the case for the reform was too strong in their opinion, with Chief Executive Ben Barr saying “acting now will help keep the power system reliable and secure ahead of the 2021/22 summer”.
Here’s the news press release from the AEMC, which is linked to the other documentation.
We’ve provided prior coverage of this rule changes in two locations:
1) On this site we’ve focused on developments in the Rule Change process for this major reform.
2) Whilst over on WattClarity, our CEO Paul McArdle has previously posted some thoughts on 5th March 2019 and then on 21st October 2019 (and finally on the eve of the decision, on Wednesday 10th June 2020).