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Standards Australia publishes standard to help Australia transition to a reliable, low carbon electricity system

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Standards Australia has published AS/NZS 4755.1 Demand response capabilities and supporting technologies for electrical products – Part 1: Demand Response Framework and requirements for Demand Response Enabling Devices (DREDs).

This new standard was added to frame the AS/NZS 4755 suite of Standards covering demand response capabilities and supporting technologies for electrical products. It provides a way for Australia to optimise the security and efficiency of its electricity network.

The management of both peak demand spikes during extreme weather and electricity system stability due to the highly variable nature of renewable energy generation are now crucial to the security of Australia’s electricity systems.

The AS/NZS 4755 suite of Standards is globally recognised as a practical means to help address these dual threats, defining demand response modes for air conditioners, electric boosted hot water heaters, swimming pool pumps, and battery energy storage systems.

Part 1 of the suite supports the entire AS/NZS 4755 architecture and outlines how a common DRED can communicate with a wide range of appliance types and brands.

Customers with AS/NZS 4755-compliant appliances can choose to participate in utility programs that may make the use of appliances more attractive to a consumer. As the level of participation increases, AS/NZS 4755 may become an effective means of reducing the risk of blackouts caused by extreme peak demand or the variable behaviour of solar or wind generation.

Initial work on the AS/NZS 4755 Standards commenced following summer electricity supply problems driven by extreme air conditioner peak demand.

“The standards process offers a key platform for energy stakeholders to come together to address peak energy demand issues,” says Standards Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans.

Chair of the Australian and New Zealand committee responsible for developing the standard, Mark Paterson, said he was pleased to see this important capstone of the series come to fruition.

“The publication of this entire suite of standards has only been possible through the tireless efforts of appliance manufacturers, electricity networks, CSIRO, engineering consultants and community stakeholders. Recognising the critical importance of electricity system security and efficiency, the work has been supported by Commonwealth government funding. The result is a suite of Standards that support new energy innovations for customers and accelerate our secure, cost-effective transition to a low carbon electricity future.”

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