Demand response involves a deliberate short-term decision to reduce energy consumption in response to a specific event. 

*Please note the below is from 2014 studies, for the latest Powering Sydney's Future information please visit:*

For utilities such as TransGrid or Ausgrid this usually means paying energy users to either reduce their electricity use, bring embedded generators online, or feed stored electricity back into the grid to help meet the shortfall in electricity supply when demand on the network is high.

Demand response can allow better utilisation of existing transmission infrastructure and cost-effective deferral or avoidance of investment in network capacity to ensure reliability and security of supply. As a result, consumers can benefit from the reduction in network costs in their electricity bills and even individually benefit through participation in demand response initiatives themselves.

TransGrid is taking steps to better understand the potential for demand response to help address the current electricity supply challenge facing the inner Sydney area, and hopes to pre-emptively build up the available 'on-call' demand response that is needed.

TransGrid has undertaken preliminary feasibility studies to better understand the potential demand response market in the inner Sydney area and the specific areas where demand response would be most effective.

If it is feasible and cost-effective, TransGrid will include demand response as part of the solution for this project. 

A demand response workshop was held on 25 September 2014, including interactive feedback sessions and presentations from TransGrid and Ausgrid. TransGrid presented and sought feedback on its' high level approach for developing the demand response market in the inner Sydney area for the Powering Sydney's Future project and is now refining it's approach following the feedback received.

Click on the link below to view slides from the demand response workshop presentations

Demand response workshop presentation, Ausgrid and TransGrid, 25 September 2014 


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