The Demand Management Trials Program is allocating $11 million of funding towards activities aimed at advancing the use of demand response and distributed energy resources to benefit both customers and the grid.
Grants for trials of demand response, demand aggregation and integrating distributed generation assets
The South Australian Government is funding trials that can show how new and distributed technologies can help make the grid more efficient and reward consumers for managing their own demand.
The following projects are now underway:
- Automating demand response of residential loads to wholesale prices
Amber Electric Pty Ltd has been awarded $800,000 (ex GST) to implement this project in partnership with Symbiot Technology. The expected total project value is $1,609,000 (ex GST).
- Efficient targeting and automated control of residential air conditioning loads
Embertec Pty Ltd has been awarded $584,049 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $1,355,000 (ex GST).
- Using commercial customers’ existing backup generators to provide demand response
Enel X Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded $2,000,000 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $6,877,000 (ex GST).
- Advanced Voltage Control
SA Power Networks has been awarded $975,000 (ex GST) to implement this project in partnership with the CSIRO and Future Grid. The expected total project value is $1,953,000 (ex GST).
- Digitised Tri-generation and Nanogrid for Demand Management
The University of Adelaide has been awarded $675,000 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $1,591,000 (ex GST).
An industry information session was held on 3 December 2018 for organisations interested in applying for grants under the Demand Management Trials Program. Copies of the presentations are available for download:
- South Australian Electricity Report – AEMO ()
- Current South Australian Context – DEM ()
- South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme – DEM ()
Applications for the grants closed on 21 December 2018.
Under this program, grants of up to $2.5 million are available, with applicants expected to at least match the amount of grant funding being sought. Grants will be allocated through a competitive process based on the merit of applications.
Applications should be submitted using the application form ().
Businesses and other organisations can register their interest receiving further communications about the Demand Management Trials Program by emailing DMTrials@sa.gov.au
The following Q&A have been prepared based on questions asked by interested parties. Any updates to the Q&A will be notified to registered parties by email and published here: