Non-network solutions are implemented alongside infrastructure augmentation where it is feasible and cost effective to do so. By taking this approach, we can defer or avoid significant capital costs associated with network investment and deliver benefits to consumers through lower transmission prices.
When demand for electricity during peak times approaches network capacity, we must act to maintain a reliable supply to energy customers.
Demand response initiatives typically use standby electricity generators or other embedded electricity generation such as solar panels or diesel generators. Sometimes customers are asked to voluntarily reduce electricity usage during periods of high demand.
We have delivered one of Australia’s largest network capital deferral programs using demand management (as part of the Powering Sydney’s Future project) and continue to develop innovation projects to help build an understanding of the capability and value that demand management can deliver to the future energy system.
In the future, demand management may also include energy storage options such as batteries.