Why demand response?
As a large industrial energy user operating in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM), electricity represents a significant portion of your operating expenditure – and expense that has risen in recent years.
The particular method of Demand Response we can help you with can potentially help you achieve significant savings on these electricity costs – savings which will contribute directly to your bottom line.
What is demand response?
“Demand Response” is a term given to a range of activities undertaken by electricity users to temporarily curtail energy consumption in response to some form of commercial/financial incentive. Demand response can also involve effectively lowering net consumption by use of either embedded (onsite) generation, or by reduced consumption (sometimes called “curtailment”).
The method of demand response we facilitate is referenced on this page – which is part of a broader site we have been developing to provide a comprehensive reference to all the different methods of demand response available to energy users in the NEM:
As the first step in the process we use with our clients, we walk them through an education process that can help them understand how demand response actually works. We’ve had large energy users as clients who have been operating in this manner for 10 years or more.
It’s not as scary as it might initially seem
When we started providing this service (in the early 2000s) the market was full of “chicken littles” who would run around shouting about how “the sky would fall in” if they moved down this path.
Progressively, over time (and in conjunction with a small number of other service providers) we’ve worked with a growing number of energy users to help them avoid the pitfalls and implement this method of demand response. The sky has not fallen in – instead, these clients have secured significant financial benefit from operating in this way.
As part of our education process, we’ll work with you (and your broader team) to help you separate fact from fiction and understand how demand response has been delivering these benefits for others.
There are some ways in which you’ll need to change
To successfully manage the risk, and gain the most benefit from this method of demand response, you’ll probably need to change some of your existing ways of doing this – both in terms of electricity procurement, and also in terms of how you operate your plant.
It’s not as difficult as it might initially seem.
We’ll work with you to help you understand how it works
Interested in learning more about how we can help?
Call us, on +61 (0)7 3368 4064 and we’ll be happy to discuss this education process.
Step 2: Define Business Case