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Manufacturers in Tasmania paid to reduce production

The state-owned Hydro Tasmania have agreed to give industrial energy users compensation for reducing production during Tasmania’s ongoing energy crisis. The Australian newspaper has published some updated numbers on the the deals estimating that the energy users are being paid up to $30 million in compensation, following on from Paul…





Reviewing CAL 2015 with a comparison of spot and contract

Last week I met with another of Australia’s major energy users, and was asked questions by some of their international representatives about the approach we have taken in assisting C&I energy users in a particular form of Demand Response: The particular form = spot exposure, and curtailment at times of high…


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 manufacturing) close their doors and move off shore at least…



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 Industrial (C&I) customers. It is still in its early stages…