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The Demand Management Trials Program is allocating $11 million of funding towards activities aimed at advancing the use of demand response and distributed energy resources to benefit both customers and the grid.

Grants for trials of demand response, demand aggregation and integrating distributed generation assets

The South Australian Government is funding trials that can show how new and distributed technologies can help make the grid more efficient and reward consumers for managing their own demand.

UPDATE

Projects underway

The following projects are now underway:

  • Expanding the use of emergency back-up power assets for demand management
    AGL Energy Services Pty Ltd has been awarded $1,112,400 (ex GST) to implement this project in partnership with Telstra. The expected total project value is $2,224,800 (ex GST).
  • Automating demand response of residential loads to wholesale prices
    Amber Electric Pty Ltd has been awarded $800,000 (ex GST) to implement this project in partnership with Symbiot Technology. The expected total project value is $1,609,000 (ex GST).
  • Efficient targeting and automated control of residential air conditioning loads
    Embertec Pty Ltd has been awarded $584,049 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $1,355,000 (ex GST).
  • Using commercial customers’ existing backup generators to provide demand response
    Enel X Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded $2,000,000 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $6,877,000 (ex GST).
  • Automating demand response of commercial and industrial loads to wholesale prices
    Flow Power Pty Ltd has been awarded $1,067,697 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $2,135,394 (ex GST).
  • Developing a digital marketplace to unlock value of distributed energy resources
    GreenSync Pty Ltd has been awarded $2,432,900 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $5,316,000 (ex GST).
  • Bringing South Australia’s hot water load under active control
    Rheem Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded $1,981,000 (ex GST) to implement this project, in partnership with Combined Energy Technologies, Simply Energy, SA Power Networks and Marchment Hill Consulting. The project has also received grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The expected total project value is $8,800,357 (ex GST).
  • Advanced Voltage Control
    SA Power Networks has been awarded $975,000 (ex GST) to implement this project in partnership with the CSIRO and Future Grid. The expected total project value is $1,953,000 (ex GST).
  • Digitised Tri-generation and Nanogrid for Demand Management
    The University of Adelaide has been awarded $675,000 (ex GST) to implement this project. The expected total project value is $1,591,000 (ex GST).

Information session

An industry information session was held on 3 December 2018 for organisations interested in applying for grants under the Demand Management Trials Program. Copies of the presentations are available for download:

Applications

Applications for the grants closed on 21 December 2018.

Under this program, grants of up to $2.5 million are available, with applicants expected to at least match the amount of grant funding being sought. Grants will be allocated through a competitive process based on the merit of applications.

Download the Program guidelines (PDF 1.8 MB)

Applications should be submitted using the application form (PDF 680.6 KB).

Businesses and other organisations can register their interest receiving further communications about the Demand Management Trials Program by emailing DMTrials@sa.gov.au

Q&A

The following Q&A have been prepared based on questions asked by interested parties. Any updates to the Q&A will be notified to registered parties by email and published here: