To TransGrid, 'demand management' encompasses load curtailment or shifting, dispatch of local generation or storage, and energy efficiency measures, wherever these factors reduce the loading on the electricity network.
TransGrid procures cost-effective demand management as 'network support', or a 'non-network alternative' for addressing network needs. For example, TransGrid procured 350 megawatts of network support for the summer of 2008/09 in the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong area, and 40 megawatts in the Sydney inner metropolitan area for the summer of 2012/13.
However, the pool of available demand management participants is still developing. As such, TransGrid's Revenue Proposal for 2014 to 2019 includes a Demand Management Innovation Allowance to allow TransGrid to facilitate the development of available demand management.
To help us continue to explore non-network alternatives, we hosted TransGrid's 2014 Demand Management Innovation Forum on 24 September. The forum brought together electricity networks, energy industry participants and expert advisers to find tangible and coordinated options for increasing demand management innovation and uptake throughout the National Electricity Market.
Introductory presentations from Stephen Clark (TransGrid Executive General Manager, Network Planning and Performance), Mal Coble (TransGrid Manager, Network Support, Consultations and Pricing) and our keynote speaker, Chris Dunstan (Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS) are available on the right of this page.
Discussions were focused around three key objectives: collaboration, market development and understanding, and technology trialling.
Demand Management Innovation Strategy