Have questions about The Community Grid Project? Find answers to common questions.


The project

1) What is the community grid project?

The Community Grid Project (TCGP) is an initiative to improve the sustainability of Mornington Peninsula’s energy while continuing to deliver safe and reliable supply.

The project invites households and businesses to participate in demand response program. This demand response program involves, participants voluntarily shifting a portion of their electricity use to off-peak times, in exchange for rewards. (If you are interested in more information on demand response see question nine). 

This demand response program helps to achieve the optimal allocation of electricity when demand for energy is at its peak.

To manage this demand, households and businesses on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula will be offered financial incentives over the coming years to temporarily reduce their electricity or delay non-critical energy use to non-peak times. Customers will have a choice on whether to participate in this program. This portfolio will be complemented by temporary standby generation on private sites to remove any risk to the network.

Likewise TCGP supports households and businesses to adopt new energy technologies such as solar PV and battery storage. This will help to diversify sources of energy and transition the Mornington Peninsula to a clean energy future.

 

2) Who are the project partners?

TCGP s a partnership between electricity network provider United Energy, the Mornington Peninsula Shire and technology company GreenSync. The project is supported by the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund.

 

3) What is the project timeline?

TCGP will commence on 1 November 2018 and run for a duration of five years. From December 2019, households will be invited to participate in the project. 

GreenSync has already recruited a number of prominent commercial and industrial businesses to participate in the program. In parallel, GreenSync has established a series of showcase technology sites to demonstrate technologies such as battery storage and is engaging with commercial partners to develop products and services for residential customers later in the program.

Pilots for residential technology will be in place for next summer and the program will expand participation over the project life ensuring the long term value of this landmark project.  

Options for the renewable technologies and subsidies will be available for residents through your your energy retailer later in 2019. In the meantime, to receive the latest information and stay up to date please register your interest.


Get involved

4) how can i get involved as a household?

We understand that you are excited, we are too! TCGP  is currently working closely with local businesses on the Mornington Peninsula as the first phase of the project.

Towards the end of 2019 energy retailers who operate on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula will call for residents to join the initiative. 

In the meantime, express your interest and to receive the latest information and stay up to date please register your interest.

 

5) How do I find out if I my business is eligible?

If you are a business operating on the lower Mornington Peninsula, consider the following:

  • Does your business have large electrical loads?
  • Can you temporarily reduce non-critical loads or reschedule processes?
  • Can you reduce your site's electricity consumption for 2-3 hours, 3-4 times per year (with 24 hours warning)?
  • Do you have on-site energy generation such as a stand-by generator or battery storage unit?
  • Are you interested in installing a battery and/or solar system?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please contact hello@communitygridproject.com.

 

6) How do i find out more about The Community Grid Project?

To learn more, please register your interest through TCGP website. Once registered, you will receive exclusive updates on the project, relevant information on how to get involved and a comprehensive overview of the battery storage and solar PV commercial offerings.

 

7) What area DOES The Community Grid Project operate in?

The Community Grid Project provides all residents and businesses across Mornington Peninsula access to advice, products and services to help them better manage their electricity use to reduce costs and increase sustainability. 

In certain parts of the Mornington Peninsula actions undertaken by residents and businesses also provide benefit to the grid. As a result the households and businesses from Safety Beach, across to Point Leo, Flinders and Portsea maybe eligible for additional subsidies and rewards.


Demand response

 

8) What is demand response?

Demand response is about reducing the amount of energy being drawn from the grid. This typically occurs at peak times when everyone in the community wants to use electricity. For example in summertime on the Mornington Peninsula, peaks typically form between 4pm and 8pm on summer days when the temperature is over 35 degrees and air conditioner use is high. 

Demand response involves households and businesses voluntarily shifting a portion of their electricity use to off peak times. Either by reducing overall consumption, using more energy efficient appliances or to shifting use habits to off-peak times. In return these participants receive financial incentives.

By better managing demand, the Mornington Peninsula voids the need for costly infrastructure investments, meaning that overtime energy becomes cleaner and more affordable for the community.

 

9) Why INVEST IN demand response and not IN more infrastructure?

Globally, approaches to managing electricity are changing. United Energy is at the forefront of efforts, harnessing the benefits of new technologies for their customers.

New technologies such as solar PV and battery storage are enabling United Energy to offer their customers greater choice in how they manage their energy consumption. These technology options deliver the same level of service (as the poles and wires network) but have the added benefits of being environmentally sustainable and cost effective over the longer term.

More generally, building new infrastructure to account for a handful of exceptionally hot days does not make economic sense, especially when innovative solutions exist like The Community Grid Project.

By utilising a range of energy technologies The Community Grid Project avoids a $30 million expenditure by United Energy on a new transmission line from Hastings to Rosebud. This infrastructure build would be costly, have an impact on amenity and take years to build.