Demand and Consumption
The Demand and Consumption work stream will assist to reduce the level of investment required to support increased levels of renewable energy and help reduce energy costs for households and small business.
- Facilitate the use of demand side management to reduce the level of investment required to support increased levels of renewable energy into the electricity system
- Implement an energy efficiency strategy to optimise the use of supplied electrical energy and help consumers to control their electrical energy costs.
Undertake a review of potential demand side management opportunities, including small-scale, not currently utilised and the potential costs associated with these. Related to the Roadmap to Renewables report enabling actions 7(e) and 10(b).
This will increase options available for system control to manage the intermittency of renewable energy generation.
Investigate options for the replacement of accumulation meters, including the costs and benefits to the government and consumers. Related to the Roadmap to Renewables report enabling actions 7(b) and 8(f).
Replacing basic accumulation meters with meters that record use at different times of the day will facilitate opportunities for more consumers to take advantage of retailer time-of use consumption tariffs to optimise their energy use and costs.
Environment Centre NT’s COOLmob program establish to deliver home energy efficiency education. Related to the Roadmap to Renewables report enabling action 11(b).
Maintain the Smart Energy Grants and Smarter Business Solutions programs which provide grants to householders and businesses to install energy efficiency measures and solar and energy storage technologies.
(Available grants currently limited to existing funding levels)
Improving the energy efficiency of consumers will help to reduce total consumption and therefore the total amount of investment required to achieve the target.