Tuesday, February 27, 2018

ACT Virtual Big Battery Proposed

Greetings from the Renewables Innovation Hub, in Canberra, where I have been attended a workshop on the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS). This is a suite of measures to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. One proposal is to provide incentives for  Demand Response (DRM) capable air-conditioners. Some participants pointed out that while there were many DRM capable units already installed, few were activated. So I suggested the ACT implement a DRM controller and require all units under the scheme to be connected to it, unless they were connected to an alternative DRM controller. This would provide the ACT with a virtual (and much cheaper) alternative to South Australia's big battery.

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