Complex, diverse project
The NSW Government established the Demand Management and Planning Project to identify ways of reducing consumer demand for electricity at peak periods in the inner Sydney region.
The project was a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability (DEUS), TransGrid and EnergyAustralia.
DEUS appointed APP as program manager to help manage this complex and diverse project.
Over a two-year period, we coordinated energy efficiency and peak demand investigations at more than 900 facilities in the Sydney Metropolitan area, including:
- Industrial premises
- High-rise residential
- Hospitality and educational facilities
- Commercial buildings.
We also coordinated residential demand management programs with Randwick City and Manly Councils, and managed pilot and demonstration projects at more than 50 sites to test the effectiveness of demand management techniques.
Comprehensive program management services
APP’s role included:
- Preparing a project plan and scoping document to govern the 18-month investigation period
- Program management, including coordination of more than 900 audits
- Reviewing technical reports
- Selecting the most viable demand management opportunities
- Managing the development of database and decision tools to manage the technical data collected from each premises
- Providing strategic advice on the pilot and demonstration projects based on audit findings.
The project showed that it was possible to reduce peak network demand, and that various demand management technologies and practices are commercially available, technically feasible and acceptable to power users.
The findings from this project are now being used to deliver ongoing improvements in peak network demand management.