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Analysis and Opinion

Virtual Power Plants are here to stay

When the National Electricity Market (NEM) was established, generators provided both energy and stability services. Consumers were passive, using energy when needed. In the 1990s it was difficult to foresee that households would be able to provide energy or ancillary…

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Sonnen battery systems “Transforming Germany’s Electricity Market”

German residential battery system manufacturer Sonnen has been included in MIT Technology Review’s “50 Smartest Companies 2016” list. Sonnen is Europe’s leading home energy storage manufacturer. The company has been spreading its wings in countries including Australia, where the sonnenBatterie…

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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…

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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…

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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…