Demand management resources

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.  

Sydney Inner Metro Investigation report

Investigation report by Ausgrid and Transgrid into the demand management requirements and opportunities in the Sydney inner metropolitan region.

Demand Management and Planning Project Final Report

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
A combined summary of the Demand Management and Planning Project (DMPP). The report includes general background to the DMPP, as well as the achievements of the program, barriers to implementation of DM opportunities, and recommendations. Results of investigations into six major demand management opportunity categories are provided.

Demand Management Activities applicable to Electricity Networks

Energy Futures Australia
Survey of a sample of worldwide demand management activities.

Identification & Investigation of Peak Demand Reduction Opportunities – Sydney CBD Area

Sinclair Knight Merz
Review of opportunities identified by site audits of Sydney CBD sites, including comment on accuracy of audit results, total potential demand reduction, and constraints to uptake of DM opportunities.

Identification and Investigation of Peak Demand Reduction Opportunities – Sydney Non-CBD Areas

Sinclair Knight Merz
A summary of the type and quantum of peak demand reduction potential at 561 sites studied by the DMPP, excluding the Sydney CBD and St George Sutherland. Also describes the barriers to takeup.

Validation of Demand Management Investigations - St George and Sutherland Areas

Sinclair Knight Merz
A review of the total amount, and cost, of opportunities identified by Level 1 Investigations in the St George and Sutherland areas using Level 2 Investigations.

Big Demand, Big Opportunity - A report on the investigations at sites with demand greater than 5 MVA

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
A high-level summary of opportunities identified at sites examined by the DMPP with peak demand greater than 5MVA.

Load Shifting Opportunities Investigation - Final Report

Orbis Environmental
An investigation of load shifting opportunities at 12 largely manufacturing sites in the St George area.

The Right Approach - A report on the Load Shifting Trial

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
Report on a trial use of load shifting and standby generators for DM by 13 trial participants.

Customer Survey Feedback from DMPP Investigations

Institute for Sustainable Futures – University of Technology Sydney
Survey of some participants in the DMPP site demand management audits.

Power Factor Correction – Assessment of the potential to reduce electricity demand in the Inner Metropolitan Sydney Region

Sinclair Knight Merz
Potential to reduce demand in the Sydney Inner Metro area using PFC.

Innovative HVAC Program Report

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
A summary of seven innovative HVAC technologies investigated and in some cases funded by DMPP.

Cool savings achieved with innovative thermal storage system

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
Case study for an innovative thermal storage HVAC system part funded by DMPP and installed at a pharmacy.

Performance Report of Dual Indirect Cooling Energy Recovery (DICER) Plant installed at University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney
Results of preliminary tests performed on the Dual Indirect Cooling Energy Recovery (DICER) units installed at University of Technology Sydney using part funding from the DMPP.

Standby Generation for Demand Management - Roll-up Report

Sinclair Knight Merz
A summary of the total demand reduction potential and cost through use of standby generators in the Inner Metro area.

Standby Generation Program - Preliminary Feasibility Study

Examination of options for connection of standby generators so that they are suitable for use for network support at four hospitals and two other government organisations.

Demand Management and Planning Project Preliminary Feasibility Study

Technical constraints to use of standby generators in the Sydney CBD and budget costs to rectify.

Demand Management and Planning Project - Partial Load Standby Potential

Sinclair Knight Merz
Capital costs and works required to convert three standby generators from break-before-make to SCTT connection.

Mixed-Use High Rise - Preliminary Feasibility Study - Grid Connection of Diesel Generator

Investigation of options and costs for connection of a diesel standby generation in a manner that permits grid parallel operation for dispatchable demand reduction.

Air Quality Impact Assessment: The Integrated Generators Project

Holmes Air Sciences
Assessment of likely air quality impacts of using 40MW of standby generators in the Sydney CBD.

Sydney Water - Energy Savings not just a drop in the ocean

NSW Department of Planning - DMPP
Brochure on load shifting of a pumping process at Sydney Water’s North Head Sewage Treatment Plant.