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Energex pilots ‘demand response’ household energy infrastructure

February 18, 2020 8:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

A Home Energy Management System (HEMS) pilot program run by Energex will be offered to eligible Queensland households who join a pilot program designed to enhance energy management. Evergen have been selected by Energex to participate in the program. Their intelligent energy management software, developed in partnership with the CSIRO, increases the performance of single dwelling solar and battery systems and enables operation of virtual power plants (VPP) and microgrids, where fleets of systems are orchestrated and optimised together with the energy networks. Its technology delivers significant savings to customers and it supports distributed energy networks through VPPs, Microgrids, Demand Response and other initiatives.

During the five-month pilot program from December 2020, Energex will be testing the impact on the network from reducing energy load in times of market events. This will involve turning off high consumption devices such as air conditioning, pool pumps or hot water systems for a short period of time or discharge their battery to reduce the amount of energy drawn from the grid.

Ben Hutt, CEO and Managing Director of Evergen, said, “This is a great opportunity for Queenslanders, in particular those who experience grid stability issues in their area, to trial this revolutionary new way of supporting the grid. In the near future, customers with batteries will get paid on an ongoing basis for participating in initiatives such as this. We are thrilled to be partnering with Energex to help consumers unlock further energy savings for Australian homes.

“This pilot program is one of a number of network initiatives Evergen is involved in across the country and will build a case for much broader roll-out and adoption of battery technology. As the network infrastructure moves to be smarter, having these controls in homes allows customers to earn revenue from the grid for controlling their loads, for example, turning off the air-conditioning if it helps to avoid a blackout. Initiatives such as this will support the mass adoption of batteries as part of the network infrastructure, as the economics improve significantly with paybacks coming down to roughly six years depending on location and usage.”

Eligible Queensland households (postcodes 4069, 4509, 4154 and 4300) participating in the pilot program must have installations complete by 1 December 2020. Interested households can find out more by visiting see visiting evergen.com.au/energy-qld