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The Evolution of Demand Response in Australia’s Shifting Energy Landscape

In Australia’s power grid, the role of commercial and industrial demand sites in providing frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) is gaining prominence, especially with the rise of renewables. Viotas, a smart grid technology company, highlights the potential for sites like cement mills and data centers to contribute to grid stability. As renewable energy sources increase, the need for rapid response to grid fluctuations becomes crucial. Traditional FCAS providers, such as coal and gas plants, are being complemented by demand response solutions to address the evolving grid challenges.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) introduced new contingency services in late 2023 to cater to the fast-changing grid dynamics. With the launch of Very Fast Raise Contingency (R1S) and Very Fast Lower Contingency (L1S) markets, the demand response sector has found new opportunities for revenue generation. Big batteries and demand response technologies have emerged as key players in providing the rapid response required by these new markets, with virtual power plants also contributing to the mix.

The shift towards faster response times in the FCAS market reflects the increasing penetration of renewable energy sources. As renewables become more prevalent, the value of stability services has shifted towards quicker-acting solutions. The trend observed in Australia mirrors developments in other markets like Ireland, where the emphasis on faster response times has grown alongside renewable energy integration. The evolving energy landscape in Australia underscores the importance of innovative solutions like demand response in ensuring grid reliability amidst a growing share of renewables.

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