Demand responseProject AGL Demand Response
This report covers the period June 2019 to May 2020 and covers the performance of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) portfolio over that period.
This is the third knowledge sharing report for the NSW Demand Response Project being conducted by AGL. This activity received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Programme – Demand Response, and from the NSW Government.
The first year of the project was detailed in AGL’s ARENA Knowledge Sharing Report September 2018,and the second year in AGL’s ARENA Knowledge Sharing Report October 2019.
This knowledge sharing report covers the period June 2019 to May 2020 and covers the performance of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) portfolio over that period.
Details of the third year of the residential demand response component of the project will be covered in the final Knowledge Sharing Report to be published by AGL in 2021. The final report will also summarise the full three years of the project and draw conclusions from the experience gained. During the period covered by this report there were two tests of the C&I portfolio and two event dispatches.
Both tests successfully demonstrated over 20MW of demand response.
The event dispatches occurred in January 2020 during the NSW bushfire crisis. At the time, several of the portfolio participants were involved in emergency response activities related to the bushfires and were not available for demand response. AGL’s declared availability to AEMO for this period was correspondingly reduced. Even so, the demand response provided in the first event was lower than the declared amount. This experience highlighted the potential risk of underperformance during emergency conditions in demand response portfolios that contain a significant percentage of critical infrastructure loads such as water utilities and telecommunications providers.