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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 (balancing) services. However, in recent years there has been rapid…




Expressions of interest period extended for Powering Sydney’s Future Project

TransGrid and Ausgrid’s joint venture, the ‘Powering Sydney’s Future Project’ has had it’s expressions of interest closing date extended to Friday the 3rd February 2017.  The extension will allow stakeholders an additional three weeks for submissions in response to non-network specifications detailed in the Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR). In…



Adjusting production schedules to lower energy costs

Industrial manufacturing businesses can save over 30% on electrical bills, and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 5%, by adjusting production schedules, according to US research. “Manufacturing enterprises can take advantage of critical peak pricing (CPP), a demand response technology, in the transition towards smart electric grid to significantly lower…




Oakley Greenwood finds Demand Response in the NEM

As part of its consideration of the Demand Response Mechanism and Ancillary Services Unbundling Rule change proposal, the AEMC commissioned Oakley Greenwood (OGW) to provide quantitative evidence regarding the amount of demand-response capacity that is currently available in the NEM through several different contracting forms offered by electricity retailers to…


SA Power Networks publish Demand Side Engagement Strategy

In accordance with the requirements of clauses 5.13.1 (g) – (h) of the the National Electricity Rules (NER), SA Power Networks have released their Demand Side Engagement document. The document details SA Power Network’s strategy for: enabling the connection of embedded generators to their network; engaging with non-network solution providers; considering…