Demand management innovation allowance

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) provides funding to us through the Demand Management Innovation Allowance (DMIA) scheme. With this funding we are able to implement innovative research and development projects with a focus on demand management, that if successful, help to reduce long term network costs.

Several case studies highlighting how funding from DMIA has been utilised are listed below.

Partnering with us

We can partner with external parties to utilise the DMIA funding. Some of the types of organisations that may be interested in partnering with us are technology developers / providers, universities and research bodies, industry bodies, property developers, energy generators, retailers or other energy network operators.

All projects must meet the funding criteria as defined by the Australian Energy Regulator as being:

  1. A project or program for researching, developing or implementing demand management capability or capacity, and
  2. Innovative, in that the project or program:
    1. is based on new or original concepts, or
    2. involves technology or techniques that differ from those previously implemented or used in the relevant market, or
    3. is focused on customers in a market segment that significantly differs, from those previously targeted by implementations of the relevant technology, in relevant geographic or demographic characteristics that are likely to affect demand, and
  3. Has the potential, if proved viable, to reduce long term network costs.

You’ll need a project sponsor within our business. Projects that align with our Future Grid Roadmap are encouraged.

If you are working on a research or development project with a focus on demand management, and would like to explore partnering with us and accessing the DMIA funding, please email or call 0467 774 409.

Case studies

To help share the findings and outcomes of DMIA projects, we prepare short case studies, which also include contact details for more information. Below is a selection of some recently completed case studies.

  1. Western Grid Technology Opportunities Review (PDF 162.1 kb) This project sought to further our understanding of device capabilities and opportunities for deployment to increase network capacity and improve power quality at reduced cost on the Western Grid.
  2. LV State Estimation (PDF 160.3 kb) The project scope covered the implementation of DSSE on a single LV network.
  3. Springfield Net Zero (PDF 486.1 kb) With this project we endeavoured to develop an understanding of the infrastructure required for net zero energy real estate developments.
  4. Solar Enablement Initiative (PDF 376.2 kb) With this initiative we sought to test the application of a novel DSSE engine to achieve visibility of medium voltage (MV) networks using data currently available to DNSPs.
  5. Solar PV and BESS Trial (PDF 478.8 kb) The objective of this trial was to gain a better understanding of the engineering, regulatory and customer challenges when installing and integrating commercial scale Solar PV and BESS.
  6. Solar Analytics Customer Devices Enablement Renewables (PDF 462.8 kb) The aim of this project was to develop and deploy several prototype devices that could assist with a range of network issues.
  7. Enabling Dynamic Export Limits for Commercial Solar PV (PDF 508.0 kb) The objective of this trial was to demonstrate the benefits to customers and the Energex network of moving from zero-export or partial-export limits to dynamic export limits.
  8. Centralised Energy Storage System (PDF 408.2 kb) The focus of this project was understanding how centralised energy storage can be integrated into distribution networks and isolated systems, to enable greater renewable energy penetration and reduce cost of electricity supply.
  9. Market-Delivered Demand Response (PDF 1.8 mb) This project aimed to demonstrate the readiness for customers to acquire home energy management systems (HEMS) and assess the technical ability to deliver demand response to signals sent from the network.
  10. Market Based Battery Trial (PDF 424.3 kb) This trial involved 15 residential customers with a purpose to explore the benefits of batteries for customers and the electricity network.