Western Power is helping pave the way for a brighter, stronger energy future for the Western Australian community by evolving and future-proofing the network through connecting renewables and using emerging technologies.
One-in-three households now have solar panels in the South West. At times there is very low energy demand and high solar generation meaning excess power flows into the grid. In managing the grid, we actively balance this energy flow to keep the Network running at optimal levels. Flexibility Services is an alternative option for supporting grid stability and is one of several initiatives we are trialing and implementing to deliver greater customer choice around renewables while future proofing the network..
The evolution of Flexibility Services
Following the success of Year 1, Western Power is expanding its Flexibility Services Pilot in a second year. We’re partnering with energy retailers and WA businesses to build flexible services into commercial and industrial customer solutions as part of our drive to create a more sustainable, reliable and innovative network for the future. The Flexibility Services Pilot demonstrates how alternative options services help commercial and industrial customers productively manage their energy to suit their needs and operations and realise the value of their distributed energy resources while supporting the network.
Year 2 of Flexibility Services
Through Flexibility Services, WA businesses can manage their distributed energy resources (such as solar PV, batteries and manageable loads like heating and cooling systems) in a way that provides network support, in return for compensation by Western Power. This is one of several tools being implemented by our business to enable a future where more renewables can be connected to the grid.
For the second year, we aim to improve the capabilities and processes of the first year around:
- Improvements to the flexibility services platform
- Expanding learnings around direct control and monitoring of DER
- Improvements to measurement of flexibility performance.
We will also aim to explore new capabilities like:
- Dynamic dispatch of events based on when flexibility is required in -near-real-time.
- Locational dispatch by network connection
- Flex more DER technologies such as batteries.
- More co-design with Partners and Participants.