We actively engage to identify suitable non-network solutions to reduce, defer or even replace the need for future transmission network investment, delivering better outcomes for our customers.

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.