14 August 2019

In December 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council (‘Energy Council’) agreed to draft a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for certain electrical appliances to be demand response capable. It was also agreed that the South Australian Government would lead this piece of work under the Energy Equipment Efficiency (E3) Program. This builds on previous work undertaken by the E3 program. In 2014, AS/NZS 4755 Demand response capabilities and supporting technologies for electrical products was published. This suite of standards defines demand response modes for a number of technologies, including air conditioners, electric boosted hot water heaters and swimming pool pumps.

The decision by the Energy Council in December 2018 recognised that this presented an opportunity to re-examine the potential net benefits of a demand response interface requirement for a number of electrical appliances. The South Australian Government on behalf of E3 has released a consultation paper . This work updates the modelling that was previously undertaken in 2013/14, quantifying energy network peak cost savings, as well as considering additional benefits that were not within the scope of the previous work. This includes (but is not limited to) demand response providing energy cost savings by better managing periods when the export of rooftop solar PV exceeds minimum energy demand.

Following stakeholder feedback, South Australia will draft a RIS for decision by Energy Council in 2019. The 2013 Consultation RIS, as well as a PowerPoint presentation that was used during consultations, provides useful background information to stakeholders and interested parties considering the 2019 work.

Feedback on the consultation paper is open until 5pm 23 September 2019.

Details of consultation sessions and how to make a submission.

If you would like further information, please contact smartappliances2019@sa.gov.au.