The Demand Response Short Notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (DR SN RERT) Trial was a $35.7 million program, spanning from 2017 to 2020. This report presents the key results and lessons learnt throughout the Demand Response RERT trial, including in the final Year 3.
In 2017, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) entered a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a series of ‘proof of concept’ projects supporting a secure and reliable renewable energy integration into the energy market.
As part of this initiative, a three-year Demand Response Short Notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (DR SN RERT) Trial was established to explore innovative ways of managing the grid through demand response (DR). Each year of the three-year trial across 2017 to 2020 was separated into two periods — December to May and June to November. Prior to each of these two periods, participants underwent a testing schedule, during which they were required to demonstrate their ability to deliver their contracted amount of DR capacity.