To discover more efficient ways to deliver demand management solutions we regularly investigate new methods and approaches. There are a wide range of demand management solutions available for use by electricity networks. Some of these options are:
- Shifting appliance or equipment use from peak periods to non-peak periods (e.g. controlled load (off-peak) water heating);
- Converting the appliance energy source from electricity to an alternative (e.g. switching from electric to gas heating);
- Use of more efficient appliances (e.g. replacing lights with more efficient, lower wattage options);
- Operating appliances at lower power demand for short periods (e.g. air conditioner cycling);
- Operation of embedded generators; and
- Power factor correction.
To ensure a thorough investigation, Ausgrid consults with the community about the demand management options available. The public consultation overview aims to uncover demand management solutions that are not known to Ausgrid and it is the first formal interaction from Ausgrid with potential demand management providers. Reports and summaries of our investigations are available below.
For more information on our strategy, approach and associated processes for engaging with stakeholders, customers and demand management providers on the supply of demand side solutions for the Ausgrid network refer to our Demand Management Engagement Document. To learn more about the demand management options we have investigated or implemented that offer credible alternatives to investment in network infrastructure, refer to our Demand Management projects.