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Demand Response programme attracts strong interest

Demand Response programme attracts strong interest

Transpower said today that the results from its recent Demand Response Programme demonstrated an increasing consumer interest in managing electricity usage and being involved in programmes that are providing beneficial returns.

Through its Demand Response Programme, Transpower is able to manage peak demand by contracting with consumers to manage their energy use in return for a payment. This helps to manage load on the grid and potentially defer costly transmission investment especially in the current uncertain demand and supply energy environment.

Demand Response Manager Quintin Tahau said that responses to the most recent request for proposals were promising, and indicated a strong interest from a number of new consumer groups that hadn’t been seen before.

“We have now completed two very successful procurement rounds, and have offered around 18 contracts to a range of respondents,” he said.

“The mix of alternative power sources in the programme is now very diverse including battery technology, solar cells, renewable generation, and backup diesel generators. The range of electricity consumers involved is also varied including public and private hospitals, a council, electricity lines companies, and residential users.”

“Strong interest has also been shown by irrigation and farming communities, and we will work further with these groups and other industries ahead of the next procurement round in February.”

“Demand response is opportunity great opportunity, especially for everyday electricity users. Essentially, you are rewarded for being flexible in how and when you’re using electricity. It represents choice for the consumer and also enables Transpower as owner and operator of the grid to deliver flexible, cost-effective energy solutions for all New Zealanders.”


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