A collection of thoughts that have been bumping around in my head for some time about the latest push by various parties to facilitate a broader range of demand response in the NEM, and whether there are better options
A note of caution, that Demand Response is not a magic wand – it *can* achieve a lot, but if can’t be assumed to automatically appear to bridge any gap between supply and demand in a market model, for instance.
One more example of not focusing on the real problems seems to be a tendency for some to obsess about one narrow type of Demand Response (i.e. dispatch of NegaWatts) whilst seeming to lose focus of what the overall objective is (a more active and responsive demand side).
Now that summer 2018-19 has passed, we can reflect on our experiences as a new entrant energy services company facilitating spot exposure for residential energy users – and hence expanding the scope for Demand Response in the NEM.
In the previous article on reducing electricity costs we looked at energy efficiency and the fact that the cheapest electricity is the electricity that you don’t consume. In this article…
The start of some analysis that helps to identify the variety of factors that combined to give a shaky balance between supply and demand in NSW last week.
AEMO announces the possibility of dispatching “Reserve Trader” tomorrow to address a forecast tight supply/demand balance.
Some quick thoughts (before I run out of time) about why it’s all-too-commonly (but mistakenly) stated that there’s not much Demand Response in the NEM
The level of Demand Response currently active in Australia’s National Electricity Market is higher than some are estimating.
Some brief thoughts on one innovative business model being introduced to the NEM incorporating batteries, demand response, and free energy
Over on our Demand-Response focused site, I posted an article yesterday providing a high-level comparison between contract prices for calendar 2015 and final spot prices (for the 4 mainland regions). This was in response to questions from a particular energy user.
Our Guest Author, Mike Williams, has posted his final piece of an initial series of articles about the opportunities for end users in the mainland regions of the National Electricity Market.
Mike Williams, our guest author, has returned to post some more analysis on the specifically-focused demand response site about the opportunity and risks with pool price pass-through strategy and DSM in New South Wales.
Our guest author, Mike Williams, has posted some analysis (over on the specially-focused Demand Response site) looking at the benefits of spot exposure and Demand Response in Queensland
Our guest author, Mike Williams, has prepared a review of January and February 2016 in the South Australia – and what it would have meant for energy users with spot exposure, using Demand Response
Michael Williams has followed-up on an earlier article on WattClarity by posting a more detailed analysis over on www.DemandResponse.com.au about spot exposure and demand response in South Australia for 2016.
Some ideas that I have been puzzling over – about the overlaps and contradictions between 3 rule changes under consideration at the AEMC currently
1) The Demand Response Mechanism (better known as the Negawatt buyback mechanism)
2) The Bidding in Good Faith deliberation
3) The Requirement for Price-Responsive (large) Demand to bid into central dispatch
One of our guest authors speaks, from their experience, how price-responsiveness of large industrial users (particularly with high contract prices for Q1 2016) might impact on peak demand this summer
Back on 8th October, I spoke at All Energy in Melbourne on this topic. Given the questions posed after the session, it seemed that it might be of value to some WattClarity readers if I narrated over the top of the presentation and included it here, for future reference.
A quick look at how ramp rates would vary (for “Unserved Consumption”) in the hypothetical “10x” high intermittency grid.