The AEMC has released a consultation paper on COAG Energy Council’s proposal to create a demand response mechanism in the National Electricity Market. The proposal also seeks to relax the requirements under National Electricity Rules, to provide ancillary services to AEMO.

The proposed rule change intersects with several sections of the National Electricity Rules. This consultation seeks stakeholders’ feedback on the major issues that need to be considered by the Commission, as well as on AEMO’s detailed design proposal published in 2013.

The rule change proposal is part of the broader package of reforms to support greater demand side participation in the National Electricity Market, and was recommended in the Power of Choice review published on 30 November 2012.

The Commission invites written submissions on this rule change proposal. Submissions are to be lodged online or by mail by 10 December 2015. Stakeholders’ submissions will inform subsequent timeline and process for this rule change request.