This report explores the key results and lessons learnt from the second year of the joint ARENA-AEMO Demand Response Short Notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) Trial.
In 2017, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop suitable ‘proof of concept’ projects. As part of this initiative, a three-year Demand Response Short Notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (DR SN RERT) Trial was established to test and spearhead innovative ways of managing the grid through demand response (DR).
Each year of the three-year trial across 2017 to 2020 is separated into two periods — Period 1 and Period 2. Participants must demonstrate their ability to deliver the contracted amount of DR capacity in their portfolios during a testing period schedule held prior to Period 1 (December to May) and Period 2 (June to November), respectively. The testing period for Period 1 spans late October to early December, while for Period 2, it takes place from late April to early June.