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 will consult with stakeholders and draft a RIS for decision by Energy Council in 2019.
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