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.
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).
Network Support Contracting Framework
While the ultimate structure and content of any non-network support agreement will depend on the particular circumstances of the non-network support that may be proposed or provided, Powerlink’s Network Support Contracting Framework has been developed as a general guide to assist potential non-network solution providers. This framework outlines the key contracting principles that are likely to appear in any non-network support agreement.
Non-Network Engagement Stakeholder Register (NNESR)
Powerlink has also established the 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 [email protected] to become a member of Powerlink’s NNESR.