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Matthew's Quarry

Matthew’s Quarries earns revenue with VPP participation

Quarrying business earns regular payments for powering down onsite equipment in response to a grid need

Why Matthew's Quarries chose VPP participation

By enrolling in Enel X's Virtual Power Plant (VPP), Matthew’s Quarries is supporting the grid and in doing so, is accessing a new revenue stream, achieving cost  savings, and putting downward pressure on electricity prices.

VPP participation gives access to Demand Response (DR) and other flexibility programs, which give energy users more control, power and visibility of their energy use.

Matthew's Quarries Managing Director, Robert Matthews said, “We started participating in Enel X's VPP in November 2019 as a new pathway to make cost savings, and didn’t have to overcome any obstacles to participate."

"I chose to do it after a cost-benefit assessment, to develop new revenue. After the summer period we were paid for our participation which was straightforward. We simply power down our equipment in response to a grid need, and earn revenue, it’s great.”

The business opportunity

At Enel X, we are the world's largest independent aggregator of commercial and industrial business’ energy load. Our VPP is the biggest in Australia (BNEF, 2019), and globally we have 7.4 GW of flexible energy load under management.

Andrew Sutherland, consultant at Enel X said, “We see a lot of untapped opportunity for mining and quarrying organisations in this area. VPP participation gives businesses the ability to strategically adjust when they use power from the electricity grid. Not only does this support the grid in times of need, it reduces the cost of energy for businesses and consumers.”

VPP participation gives access to Demand Response (DR) and other flexibility programs, which give energy users more control, power and visibility of their energy use.

“Organisations can earn upwards of $20,000 into the hundreds of thousands per year for participating, depending on the size of the business and its energy consumption. This service helps to prevent blackouts and also supports Australia’s transition to renewable energy,” he added.

Most large-scale companies have inherent power flexibility, which can be harnessed by making temporary adjustments to electricity use, or by switching from grid power to a backup generator or battery storage unit, with little to no impact on operations.

Enel X's market-leading solution

Enel X operates Australia's largest VPP (BNEF). We have unrivalled market access, and there are a growing range of programs on offer, each with unique technical requirements and different financial value. Businesses aren’t limited to just one program – we help to maximise the value of participation by optimising flexibility assets across several programs.

This article originally featured in the Construction Materials Processors Association (CMPA) Sand and Stone Magazine.