Enel X (formerly EnerNOC), a global leader in demand response, is one of the eight companies contracted under the Demand Response initiative to trial how it can play a role in stabilising the grid in extreme peaks. Enel X is contracted to deliver 20 MW in New South Wales and 30 MW in Victoria in each of the three years of the trial.
How the project works
The combined 50 MW demand response portfolio consists of commercial and industrial energy users who have agreed to safely reduce their electricity consumption during demand response events dispatched by AEMO.
Having installed its own metering technology at customer sites, energy users are capable of implementing load curtailment within 10 minutes of receiving dispatch instructions from Enel X indicating that a demand response event is commencing. In addition, a portion of the sites have also been equipped with control equipment that allows Enel X to remotely initiate a safe load reduction.
Participating businesses are able to maximise payments from utilities for partially powering down operations during moments of severe grid strain.
Area of Innovation
Enel X, is using the Enel X Site Server, a highly secure, low latency communications gateway for energy management and demand response applications, to deliver its emergency reserve.
The program will help to establish whether demand response can assist in maintaining a stable electricity grid in Eastern Australia.
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