Australian Utility Explores Solar-Plus-Storage and Demand Response for Substation Deferral

Australian utility Evoenergy is carrying out one of the most comprehensive demand management trials ever in Australia, using a combination of batteries and traditional demand response.

One of them, a virtual power plant used to avoid a substation upgrade, could save Evoenergy around AUD$2 million (USD $1.6 million).

Evoenergy, an electricity and gas provider in the Australian Capital Territory, has seven undertaken demand-management tests in the last six months.

The largest of these, in February, involved three types of participants: residential customers, contracted commercial customers, and people with on-site battery systems.

During the trial, coordinated from the energy company’s Canberra control room, Evoenergy …read more

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