According to The Australian Financial Review, new energy companies are gearing up to provide several coal fired power stations' worth of extra power via new services barely contemplated by current energy market policies to help avert blackouts.
Energy upstarts such as Mojo Power, Greensync, EnerNOC, Reposit Power, PowerLedger and Powershop are hatching plans to add new capacity equal to at least one Hazelwood power station in the form of "behind the meter" distributed energy and "demand response" over the coming years.
EnerNOC, a Nasdaq-listed US company, says demand response could provide 100 megawatts of reserve capacity for South Australia's fragile grid and 400-500MW across the National Electricity Market by next summer to help avert blackouts if market rules were changed to allow "demand response" to become an integral part of the grid and not just a fringe service.
At the same time Greensync says it can marshall 300MW of behind-the-meter energy by next summer, Reposit Power co-founder Dean Spaccavento says home storage batteries will aggregate to several large power station's capacity by 2020 and Mojo Power expects to have a 500MW virtual power station made up of behind the meter energy in customers' homes in about four years.
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