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  • Non-network solutions

    In certain cases, when technically and economically feasible, non-network solutions can reduce, defer or even replace the need for future transmission network investments. Non-network solutions may also form part of an overall network reconfiguration strategy when a network asset has reached end-of-life to assist in achieving the right balance between reliability and the cost of transmission services. 

    Currently, the most common types of non-network solutions are:

    • demand side management initiatives which contribute to the lowering of peak demand. These may include:
      • payments to individual providers who agree to lower their demand for electricity during peak periods
      • payments for services provided by electricity aggregators who identify and manage the way their customers can reduce electricity consumption during peak periods
      • the implementation of energy efficient technologies or practices  
    • network support which may provide additional local power generation during peak demand periods (from existing and/or new generators).

    Through its Non-Network Solution Feasibility Study process, Powerlink is seeking to expand its use of non-network solutions by advanced consultation with stakeholders who may have the potential to provide non-network services. Powerlink will also continue to request non-network solutions from market participants as part of the RIT-T process where applicable to asset replacements and network augmentations over $6 million.

    Powerlink has also established the Non-Network Engagement Stakeholder Register (NNESR) to convey non-network solution providers the details of potential non-network solution opportunities. Interested parties are encouraged to register their interest in writing to networkassessments@powerlink.com.au to become a member of Powerlink’s NNESR.

    Data in relation to possible non-network opportunities available across Australia can be found at Network Opportunity Mapping.

    Current Non-Network Feasibility Studies