Townsville commercial demand management pilot

In partnership with the Queensland Government’s Department of Energy and Water Supply, Ergon Energy's Commercial Network Demand Management Pilot Project has initiated a number of individual commercial projects around Townsville that have successfully reduced demand on the network while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ergon Energy is contributing around $9.7 million to the project which could result in savings on network costs for transmission, distribution and generation.

Some of Ergon Energy's large commercial customers are already seeing the benefit with reduced electricity consumption leading to a reduction in future electricity bills. It is also expected that the reduction in carbon emissions from the contracted projects could be around 25,000 tonnes1 annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 5800 cars2 off the road each year.

James Cook University was the first commercial partner to sign an agreement as part of the pilot project and has since been joined by The Good Shepherd Home, Jupiters Townsville, Townsville Airport, the Taxation Building in Stanley Street, Townsville Health Service District's North Ward and Kirwan Health campuses and Bohle Distribution Centre, St Anthony’s Catholic College, Kith and Kin disability support centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service Townsville base, Exchange Hotel and Willows Shopping Centre.

James Cook University's project involves the replacement of chiller plant and cooling units in all major campus buildings with an underground pipeline supplying chilled water from a new energy efficient central chiller plant. The chiller plant includes a new 12 million litre thermal storage tank enabling the chiller units to run overnight and be switched off during the day while the campus runs on the stored chiller water.

Townsville City Council is also participating in the project and is committed to developments at both its CBD and Thuringowa offices as well as the water treatment plant on Magnetic Island.

The Network Demand Management initiative has been expanded to take in potential projects at communities across the State including Bohle (Townsville), Cairns, Charleville, Edmonton, Gordonvale, Hervey Bay, Ingham, Mitchell, Moranbah, Mount Isa, St George and Surat. 

If you should have any queries regarding these initiatives please contact us via email.

1 Calculations are based on the estimated reduction in energy consumption by participants in the Network Demand Management Pilot program. The calculations also use the November 2008 Commonwealth Department of Climate Change published figures for emissions produced as a result of the amount of electricity supplied in Queensland.

2 Calculations based on information from the "Transport Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2007" report (figures 3.1 and 3.2) on the Federal Department of Climate Change's website.

Case study reports

Title Description Updated
Case Study - James Cook University (561.4 KB) Read more about this project to replace chiller plants for air-conditioning individual buildings with one central plant. The project has been cited by many organisations including the Energy Efficiency Council. 8 Feb 2012
Case Study - Good Shepherd Home (597.1 KB) Read more about how this aged care facility needed to cut costs and become more energy efficient while needing to expand. 13 Mar 2012
Case Study - 235 Stanley Place (659.8 KB) Read more about this project to make this 13-storey building the oldest in the nation to achieve a 5-star environment rating with the help of an AusIndustry Green Building Fund grant. 9 Feb 2012
Case Study - Townsville Airport (266.5 KB) Read more about this project to install power factor correction equipment on the airport network feeders, three sub-stations and internal switchboard. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - North Ward Health Campus (311.2 KB) Read more about this project to install equipment and processes to help the campus achieve its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - Kirwan Community Health Centre (306.5 KB) Read more about this project to install equipment and processes to help the centre achieve it's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - QHealth Bohle Distribution Centre (561.1 KB) Read more about this project to install a chilled water thermal energy storage air-conditioning system at the distribution centre. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - St Anthony's Catholic College (649.6 KB) Read more about this project that assisted the college to manage energy demand and reduce consumption, to build a sustainable energy education campus. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - Kith and Kin (616.8 KB) Read more about this project that helped the organisation save 45% on its electricity costs, allowing more funds for valuable services to clients. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - Royal Flying Doctor Service (549.7 KB) Read more about this project that helped the RFDS Townsville base maximise the funds spent on providing core services by reducing its electricity spend by 18.8%. 18 Jan 2012
Case Study - Exchange Hotel (555.8 KB) Read more about how the owners of the historic hotel avoided an expensive doubling of the power supply capacity by introducing sustainable technologies and systems. 9 Feb 2012
Case Study - Willows Shopping Centre (519.2 KB) Through installation of power factor correction equipment and other measures, installation of costly electrical infrastructure was avoided and a reduction in electrical load was achieved. 9 Feb 2012

Back to top

Campaigns