20 November 2018

Origin will trial demand management nationally, after success with large SA customers

Origin’s demand management trial using AI to shift energy usage to different times of day will be rolled out nationally, after a successful trial with South Australian commercial and industrial customers found that significant savings were on offer.

The trial of the cloud-based software of UK-based start-up Tempus Energy with large Origin customers including Adelaide Oval and Adelaide University, commenced in South Australia in October 2017 and continued for a year.

Through the integration of Tempus’ technology, customers have been running assets like industrial air conditioning more flexibly, predicting higher price periods and then shifting non-critical load into times of the day when prices are lower.

Analysis showed that price was very strongly correlated to carbon intensity with high pool prices signalling periods when carbon intensive generators are working. Avoiding these periods has also helped to lower the carbon footprint of these customers, achieving carbon savings of up to 21 per cent on assets where the technology is being used.

Origin Executive General Manager Energy Supply and Operations Greg Jarvis said, “During the trial, we saw the Tempus algorithms drive a shift of customer’s usual load to a different time of day in response to predicted high price periods.

“Across all trial customers, the trial has successfully shifted more than 200MWh of load to reduce their cost and carbon emissions.

“Expanding this trial nationally is just one way we are helping our customers find smarter ways to improve how they use energy – and find savings,” Mr Jarvis said.

Tempus Energy was a participant in the 2017 intake of Free Electrons, the global start-up accelerator of which Origin is a founding member.

Tempus Energy founder and CEO Sara Bell said, “We’re delighted with the results achieved in South Australia for Origin’s customers and to be continuing our partnership with Origin to roll-out this trial nationally. 

“Results like these provide a real signal that the Tempus software can play an important role in helping customers reduce cost and help balance the grid.”

Commercial and industrial electricity users with flexible assets like chillers, heat pumps, grid scale batteries, solar systems and production machinery interested in participating in the national trial should contact Origin’s Business Energy Solutions Team at businessenergysolutions@originenergy.com.au. The national trial will run until mid-2019.


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