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Overview: Queensland volatility 1-2 Feb 2017

A very volatile couple of days in Queensland on Wednesday and Thursday last week, with respectively 12 and 20 dispatch interval (5 minute) prices exceeding $1,000/MWh, and average daily prices of $406/MWh and $781/MWh. Independent energy market consultant, Allan O’Neil…



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…





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…


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,…




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…