Reducing impact on the electricity grid

Associate Professor David Byrne has been instrumental in the design and evaluation of a Power Changers large scale randomised controlled trial at Victorian energy distributor Jemena.
The project won Digital Utility Innovation of the year and was runner-up in Energy Network Australia’s 2018 Innovation Award.
The team looked at ways to use smart meter data to incentivise households to cut power use during peak periods to help create energy grid stability.
It was designed to create behavioural change to reduce the cost of running the energy grid as governments transition to a low-carbon grid in the long run.
More than 600 households in suburban Melbourne registered in the four-month trial, which showed average peak electricity consumption on hot days down between 23 and 35 per cent.