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How to avoid power blackouts—throw the switch off!

The national IQ test!

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have announced that consumers will be paid to cut their power usage. It’s part of a plan to free up temporary supply during unplanned outages and extreme weather conditions — such as prolonged summer heatwaves.

Governments’ dereliction to duty has come down to this: sweat to death this summer in a hot room and we’ll give you a movie voucher (to an ancient Ronald Regan B-Grade movie in black and white.) and a small box of popcorn. Why would any sane person reward any government or opposition with their vote —fair dinkum?

Source: ABC

Power bills: Would you switch off your aircon for a movie voucher?

So how will this impact you, and could you actually get a free day of electricity if you switch off your pool pump?

Here’s what’s been announced

ARENA will fund 10 pilot projects to manage Australia’s electricity supply during extreme peaks.

These “pilot projects” will be trialled in three states — Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales — over three years.

Who is involved in the scheme?

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The funding recipients vary across NSW, Victoria and South Australia, but EnergyAustralia has been granted funding in all three states.

AGL, EnerNOC and Progressive Green, Flow Power have been awarded funding in NSW, while Zen Ecosystems and Intercast and Forge will receive funding in South Australia.

In Victoria, funding has been granted to United Energy Distribution Pty Ltd, EnerNOC, Zen Ecosystems and Powershop Australia.

Will I really be paid to cut my power usage?

Yes. The demand management program will involve paying an incentive for energy users to:

• Reduce their power consumption,

• Switch to backup generation, or

• Dispatch their energy storage for short periods when electricity reserves reach critically low levels.

But it’s only voluntary so you’ll have to register your interest if you want to be a part of the program.

Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said this could translate to a household being paid $25 each time it switched off power at a peak demand time.

If that happened 10 times in a year (the most amount of days the program is expected to be used) they’d be $250 richer.

That’s on top of the savings on their power bills, as well as the reductions in carbon emissions.

What other incentives could I get?

Powershop Australia says it will be offering its customers a discount on their bill, while Energy Australia says incentives could include credits on energy bills, movie tickets and gift vouchers.

“Ultimately it has to be an arrangement that provides value for the customer so they want to participate,” a spokesperson for Energy Australia said.

The incentives depend on the various electricity companies participating in the trial.

Victorian power company Powershop Australia will text customers who have registered their interest in the program asking them to reduce their usage at a certain time.

However, it will be up to different companies to alert customers when they should turn off their power.

According to Origin Energy, periods of peak demand tend to occur when “temperatures hit extremes, industry is operating, and millions of households are using fans and air-conditioners all at the same time”.

While times vary between each state, AEMO data shows peak periods seem to occur in the early morning from 6:00am onwards and later in the afternoon from 4:00pm.

How long will I have to switch off for?

The time could vary between one to four hours, or even a couple of minutes, as the Prime Minister indicated this morning.

“It might only be for five minutes at a particular time,” Malcolm Turnbull said.

And we’re only talking about a handful of days each year.

“The agencies say it will be for no more than 10 times a year,” said an article about the trial on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s website.

When will this be rolled out?

AEMO managing director and chief executive officer Audrey Zibelman said consumers can expect the projects to be up and running by December 2017.

That will follow a round of testing by AEMO in November.

Will consumers really do this?

Tens of thousands of households across the three states are expected to voluntarily sign up.

How will this help ease the strain on the grid?

Mr Frydenberg says it could be enough to save enough power to support more than 100,000 homes — or as much as is generated by a small power station.

Ms Zibelman says the move will address “a lot of wasted energy where you are using too much and you don’t need it”.

“We would say, ‘boy, if you would just cycle your pool pump, we get everyone to cycle at the same time’, and nobody really knows what’s going on but suddenly what happens is we can avoid building a generating plant and there is no discomfort so it is actually using technology to be smarter about energy,” she said.

Where has this program been used?

A similar program called PeakSmart already operates in Queensland.

It offers financial incentives for people who agree to limit air-conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius and have pool pumps turned off during peak demand.

Its also being used in nations including the United States and New Zealand to avoid unplanned or involuntary outages.

Ms Zibelman pointed out the example of Texas, which saved $600 million over a weekend with the scheme.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Bh 12/10/2017, 6:31 am

    Next step: start penalising those who don’t reduce their energy consumption at specified times.

  • Honeybadger 12/10/2017, 7:36 am

    Laughing stock of the world. Blessed with abundant energy yet lefties green energy religion rules. Soon this madcap scheme will be compulsory as they start turning off your power via smart meters because this latest brilliant bandaid ain’t working.
    Keep everything on during peaks so blackouts happen and these mongrels are forced to start building coal stations.

    • Lorraine 12/10/2017, 8:33 am

      exactly why should we swelter on a stinking hot day for a $15 movie ticket and whoopee $250,00 saving if we comply, that’s if we are not dead from heat exposure.This Government is mentally deranged

  • Peter Sandery 12/10/2017, 7:55 am

    Another facet of the Australian “Free Market in Power”

  • Bushkid 12/10/2017, 8:11 am

    Mr Trumball’s innovation and agility at work – along with his favourite: DISRUPTION.

    I’m not sure that’s the sort of disruption he meant, but it’s the one we’re all going to get shafted with.

    I’d not complain if someone came out with a T-shirt similar to the one the “lovely” Clemmie Ford (gag, spit, rinse mouth thoroughly) got printed up, the one that said “F*** Tony Abbott”, but this time referring to Trumball and his whole cabal of lying, economy-stuffing grubs supposedly in government. Might as well get some printed about Shorton and the green scum too, they’re all in it together. And none of them deserve respect any more.

    Maybe it’s time to call the GG and tell him to get off the pot and dismiss this mot of destructive idiots.

    Am I angry? You bet I am. This has gone way too far.

  • Penguinte 12/10/2017, 8:12 am

    Avoid blackouts permanently! Disconnect the mains. We may as well start living in the dark sooner rather than later? As some erudite person recently observed yesterday “only the rich will have this option and benefit from the Furberger largess. Lower socio types will already be in bed to keep warm. Where’s my Groundhog!

  • luk1955 12/10/2017, 8:25 am

    The sole purpose of green policies is to restrict energy use as a way of killing off the old, feeble, and disabled people who depend on electricity to live. Those are the groups of people they want out of the way first.

  • Jarrah 12/10/2017, 8:43 am

    Welcome to the third world, Australia has now become the Banana Republic that Paul Keating said we would.

    • Crankykoala 12/10/2017, 11:16 am

      Absolutely correct. I hope the whole system becomes overloaded and crashes this summer then we might see these idiots in power do something constructive instead of offering lollipops etc. to turn off the a/c. And, companies such as AGL should have all their gas export licences frozen and the gas channeled for the use of Australian industry and domestic consumers —- at a much reduced cost or perhaps what the overseas buyer was paying.

  • Finn 12/10/2017, 8:56 am

    SMALL box of popcorn?

  • Graham Richards 12/10/2017, 9:00 am

    I think we should all switch on as many appliances as we can. Bring down the whole system at least once a week & force these dumb bastards out of office with the financial repercussions that follow.
    Not in ones wildest drug induced dreams could anyone, except a LNP politician , come up with such crap. Maybe they’ll blame Finkle/Funkle for this one as well.
    At an election for Gods sake do not vote for anything that even looks like the Coalition!

    That means state elections, council election,federal elections.

    • Lorraine 12/10/2017, 1:15 pm

      They are messing up that is true ,,,,,but Bill Shorten and Labor do you believe they will do a better job……do you?

      • Graham Richards 12/10/2017, 7:44 pm

        At least if Labor get to win we will understand what’s going on….it’s Labor, but to have the Coalition doing this is absurd.
        If at an election if there are no alternatives (quickly wash my mouth out) I WILL vote Labor. ( then probably commit suicide). What have we done to deserve this bunch of “numties “.

      • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 9:31 pm

        That’s easy, GR. Over the past 45 years, insufficient Australians cared enough about the joint to look after it and the Fabians and other socialists stole what was entrusted to them from under their useless, snivelling noses.

    • Tadpole 12/10/2017, 4:07 pm

      Yes, we need to show the sleep-walkers, especially those who vote Labor, the consequences of “save the world” idealism. Rolling power outages on the east coast over summer, accompanied by the arrival of the highest power bills ever seen in the West, should be enough to get tens of thousands marching towards Canberra with pitchforks in hand.

  • Angry 12/10/2017, 9:34 am



    Gonna have our AC turn down to a nice cool 16C this summer.


  • Graham 12/10/2017, 11:48 am

    This must be the dumbest, daftest proposition yet for politicians to come up with. What next, free candles? The sight of these grovelling idiots begging the public to switch appliances off is truly embarrassing for a first world nation with more coal, gas or nuclear material than it knows what to do with.
    Labour, Liberal and especially the Greens should hang their collective heads in shame.

  • Albert 12/10/2017, 12:53 pm

    Frydenburg and even that failure John Hewson tell us that global warming is real and we should give Tony Abbott’s crazy ideas a big miss and listen to them. Do such politicians and failed hasbeens, along with greedy energy giants who exist only to grab subsidies from a delusional government, really expect the general public to accept this lunacy? Sadly we can but sit back as laugh as the lunatics sail over the edge of our flat earth in the good ship ‘Fungdungle Report’.

    • Lorraine 12/10/2017, 1:17 pm

      AGL keep asking are “You with Us’ , please come to my street anytime soon and I will gladly tell you get on your bike and get the hell out of my life.

    • Bushkid 12/10/2017, 4:40 pm

      I did hear that Hewson has investment in the green CAGW scam, so no surprises on his stand if that’s true.

      Never believe a word that drips from a politicians lips, they’re all got some underhanded reason for being there. Where are the “citizen legislators” that our founding fathers envisaged? The ones who would take up the responsibility of government when elected by their peers in their own area to carry their voice to the parliament, and then return to their farms and shops and businesses after their term was up. No, we don’t see those any more.

  • Biking Voter 12/10/2017, 1:21 pm

    Trying to buy the Australian electricity consumer off with cheap tawdry trinkets while they bathe in luxurious air conditioned comfort.

    Get lost! You fake government

  • Aktosplatz 12/10/2017, 1:36 pm

    The whole thing is a bad joke. In very poor taste.We have this because of the taxpayer funded( that’s you and I) RET – and now we are urged to do this.


  • Margaret 12/10/2017, 1:57 pm

    This scheme is an admission of failure. The global warming scam RET/CET/ carbon tax will result in blackouts. The government will not permit the construction of coal or nuclear fired power plants. This is a deliberate policy of the government which fails to manage the energy needs of the country. They should all be sacked.

  • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 2:59 pm

    We used to joke about Victoria being the Armenia of the Southern Hemisphere. Well, Australia’s now beginning to feel like the Haiti of the South Pacific.

    But let’s lay the blame where it really belongs: squarely at the feet of those stupid, apathetic, self-indulgent Australians who, by not holding the MSM and politicians to account, took for granted and failed to protect the institutions and way of life we were gifted.

  • sheldon 12/10/2017, 5:17 pm

    when a million or so households disconect the mains and run diesel generators that should keep the greenys happy all those nice carbon producing generators only need to run fridge freezers on gas

  • GTD 12/10/2017, 8:01 pm

    How to stop/avoid blackouts.
    Sack every federal and state energy minister and bureaucrat.
    They’ve caused this problem.
    Their job is to plan future energy needs of the Australian population.
    They’ve all failed.
    Placed our country at risk.

    FriedNoBrains and Turnbull still hanging on to the global warming climate change LIE and bullshit.

    The waffling do nothing prick TURNCOAT has to go..
    Need to build 3 HELE generators.
    Need to build a new dam up north.
    Need to develop and build a nuclear plan. That’s for electricity and for powering the nuclear subs after we shelve the $50 billion fiasco that the waffling PRICK has signed us up to.
    Oh and goodbye Paris accord and the RET

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