Use distributed energy resources to give customers control

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Distributed energy resources continue to play a vital role in Australia’s energy system transition, and they will only become more prevalent in the future. A new program from Endeavor Energy explores the impact of distributed energy resources on the grid and helps customers understand how they can take advantage of the benefits they provide.

The rapid growth of cities is a powerful driver for sustainable and innovative solutions. Endeavor Energy, which powers over 2.6 million homes and businesses, is located in the heart of Sydney’s booming epicenter, Western Sydney.

It is a region that is expected to grow by more than one million people over the next few decades and is already Australia’s third largest economy.

This represents an opportunity for Endeavor Energy to accelerate the transition to a modern grid and provide a suite of solutions to make energy more efficient for customers while harnessing the rapid adoption of renewable energy.

As we strive to reach net zero, by 2030 we expect approximately 40% of Endeavor Energy customers will have solar panels and approximately 20% will have an electric vehicle. Yet, without an appropriate demand management system, these distributed energy resources (DERs) can put pressure on supply and complicate future grid planning.

That’s why Endeavor Energy, in partnership with Schneider Electric, recently relaunched its PowerSavers program. Building on the success of the 18-month pilot program, launched in 2020, the new PowerSavers initiative will involve customers testing new technologies and eligible devices will be managed on a centralized digital platform to reduce power consumption.

According to Leanne Pickering, Chief Customer and Strategy Officer, Endeavor Energy, managing enrolled devices will help increase the reliability of the power grid, while generating sustainable results and ultimately reducing utility bills. customer electricity. She said the more devices customers connect to PowerSavers, the more they can save.

“PowerSavers will help reduce outages when demand is high, such as on a hot summer day, as this will allow us to create a steady supply of electricity when our customers need it most,” he said. she declared. “We want to empower customers to have a say in how they use and control the energy of their smart home appliances and reward them for it.”

Alongside Schneider Electric, Endeavor Energy is also partnering with AutoGrid, Clipsal Solar, JET Charge, Sensibo, Solahart and SolarEdge to enable DER management within the platform.

Schneider Electric Pacific Zone President Gareth O’Reilly praised the program. “Schneider Electric is delighted to support the PowerSavers program, along with our partners AutoGrid and Clipsal Solar.

Endeavor Energy’s customer engagement on its grid transformation journey is key to creating flexibility, accelerating decarbonization and increasing renewables to reduce energy costs,” he said.

A key part of the program is smart air conditioners, where units are controlled remotely via a sensibo smart thermostat device.

How it works

This innovative program will manage energy consumption during certain peak times of the year for smart split air conditioning systems, hot water systems, residential batteries, solar panels and electric vehicles.

Once customers are enrolled and their devices are connected to the program, Endeavor Energy can initiate demand response (DR) events through Schneider Electric’s AutoGrid FlexTM platform.

The platform notifies customers and sends dispatch signals to systems such as Clipsal Solar which remotely controls smart devices during events, sending data to the platform, reporting status, compliance and the performance of each device.

By controlling many types of DERs, Endeavor Energy not only increases the total amount of flexibility available, but can also actively manage peak demand and minimum demand.

The platform also enables Endeavor Energy to create opportunities and potentially access all grid-connected DERs in the future through a single access point.

The project’s largest use case is direct load control for smart air conditioners where units are remotely controlled via a Sensibo smart thermostat device installed next to a customer’s air conditioning unit.

Having a central platform for control and working with companies like Sensibo is the most effective way to enroll large numbers of DERs into utility programs.