The power of flexibility: earn revenue by shifting your energy use

The power of flexibility: earn revenue by shifting your energy use

Learn how to turn your energy into a competitive advantage without disrupting your business

Power flexibility programs currently available

Earn revenue for reducing grid power consumption during emergencies that threaten grid stability. This is traditionally known as demand response.

Example situation: There’s a heatwave and AEMO has run out of power reserves to meet afternoon electricity demand. Read more about this here.

Example response: A water utility reduces its pumping for two hours.

Receive regular payments for quickly reducing grid power consumption in response to brief, unexpected imbalances in grid supply and demand.

We’re currently the only independent demand-side aggregator providing frequency grid support in the market.

Example situation: A large coal-fired power station suddenly fails, and the grid’s frequency starts to drop.

Example response: A compressor at a cold storage facility turns off in less than one second for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Earn revenue for reducing consumption when grid stability is under threat within a geographically distinct transmission or distribution network area. This helps to defer expensive network upgrades.

Example situation:  A network utility in NSW calls on demand-side resources to manage its peak demand.

Example response: A hospital runs its backup generator for two hours, delivering its committed reserves.

Receive regular payments for using your generator when wholesale spot prices are high.

This also puts downwards pressure on the wholesale electricity market, lowering prices for all consumers.

Example situation: A storm causes market energy prices in VIC to spike to extreme levels, above $14,000 per megawatt hour.

Example response: A data centre runs its backup generators for one hour and gets paid the market price.

Generate savings by shifting electricity usage from high-priced to low-priced periods.

Example situation: Midday energy prices in SA drop to nearly zero because of a high solar power output on the system.  

Example response: A shopping centre charges its on-site battery to use it later to avoid high prices in the late afternoon.

Save up to 15% off your electricity bill by managing site maximum demand (demand charges), or reducing power consumption when the network reaches its maximum demand.

Example situation: A vegetable farm has almost reached a new peak in its grid electricity demand.

Example response: The refrigeration compressors pre-cool the refrigerators to manage peak demand, and then automatically turn off until demand reduces.  

Save up to 25% off your capacity charges on your electricity bill by reducing consumption on days when the system peaks.

*Opportunity available in Western Australia only

Example situation: A food or beverage manufacturer reduces consumption on a day where Enel X’s technology predicts a system peak.

Example response: A food manufacturer switches from grid energy use, and turns on its backup generator for two to three hours until the peak period passes.

Power flexibility is a growing opportunity

We expect this  list to grow in the next 12 months as new opportunities enter the  market. For example, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)  recently announced a proposed demand response mechanism (DRM), which will see the wholesale market open up to commercial users for the first  time, potentially as soon as July 2021. Learn more about what this means here.

How we can help you

We help  businesses turn their energy into a competitive advantage by modifying their energy usage at strategic times of the day when required by the grid or market.

We do this by responding to changing market conditions  and pricing, weather and grid frequency events, and when demand  outweighs supply.

We currently help more than 200 Australian  businesses generate new revenue by tapping into power flexibility.

Here’s how it works:

  • Planning and design: We assess your operations to work out the best flexibility strategy for your business.
  • Turnkey implementation: We manage all detailed engineering and installation for metering, controls and any new assets (such as batteries). We also handle any  required market registrations, testing and utility approvals.
  • Operation and optimisation: We look after your flexibility on an ongoing basis, including 24/7  real-time market trading and compliance. We continually optimise the  economic returns from your flexibility assets.

Want to know more about turning your energy into a competitive advantage?  Get in touch with our team.

The four types of demand response

The four types of demand response

Learn about the demand response programs, supporting grid reliability and security, that are currently available to businesses in the NEM.

Demand side supports the grid during bushfire emergency

Demand side supports the grid during bushfire emergency

Learn about how businesses helped to keep the grid stable over summer with involvement in multiple DR programs.

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