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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…





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…


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…



AER announce demand management workshop in Sydney

The Australian Energy Regulator have invited all demand response stakeholders in the NEM to participate in an interactive workshop to discuss the development of a new demand management incentive scheme and innovation allowance mechanism in Australia. The open workshop will be held…