Total NEM-wide consumption of electricity from the grid is forecast to remain flat over the 20-year forecast period (from 183,258 GWh to 184,467 GWh - an increase of 0.03%), despite a forecast 30% growth in population and projected average growth in the Australian economy.”
2016 National Electricity Forecasting Report
Power Utility
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has forecast negligible increase in electricity consumption in the National Energy Market (NEM) over the next twenty years.  This is a stark contrast from the past twenty years which saw strong growth in both energy demand and consumption. This outlook indicates low growth in revenues for Network Service Providers (NSPs) and highlights increased risk that future capital investment may be under utilised if new approaches are not developed to manage network constraints.

Demand management provides a low risk option for tackling low or uncertain growth by deferring or avoiding the need for substantial capital growth.  Alternative technologies, such as grid support battery storage, provide other means of targeting specific network constraints.  The processes to plan, control and procure these services is still in the developmental stages with various NSPs trialling different approaches.

The Australian Energy Regulator is driving down costs through regulation, requiring NSPs to move away from deterministic planning criteria toward a more probabilistic reliability based assessment of investment returns.  NSPs are required to consider whole value chain costs and benefits when making investment decisions.  

Anser professionals understand these challenges and have skills and experience to assist their clients with investment decisions.
Services for Power Utilities
Network Service Providers are facing challenging times with disruptive customer side technology, regulatory and climate change driven reform, aging asset portfolios and declining energy consumption and revenues.  Add to this the complexity of how to grasp opportunities arising from smart grid and non-network support technologies and it is no surprise service providers need assistance from time to time.   Anser can help anser the key question "How do I do more with less?" ​

Demand Management: Anser professionals have developed demand side management programs to target network constraints for leading Australian utilities. Targeted incentive programs leverage community and commercial investment in measures which also deliver cost effective peak demand reduction. However, it's important to understand the payback to both the customer and utility when designing incentives.

Alternative Technologies: The evolution in storage, solar and decentralised control technology presents new opportunities to provide grid support. The opportunity may be limited to a specific type of support, operating condition or network configuration. Anser professionals provide independent review of alternative technologies and their suitability in grid or fringe of grid support.

Standalone Power Systems: Anser have modelled and designed hybrid systems to provide support for off grid and fringe of grid customers. The costs of these systems is declining as solar and storage costs reduce, creating opportunities for utilities to provide lower cost and reliable solutions to customers in rural and remote locations. However, there are a hosts of operational, regulatory and customer acceptance issues. Anser can help you navigate these issues to a successful outcome.

Grant Application: The Australian and State Governments have a mandate to drive innovation in the electricity sector. There are various agencies and subsidies available at both the state and commonwealth level to provide financial incentives and reduce the investment risk associated with innovation. Whilst rewarding these can be time consuming and complex. Anser will assist with grant or low cost finance applications to eligible funding programs.
Tools and Process: Detailed analysis of options coupled with quality data are the keys to effective network planning. Anser will develop tools and processes to assist planners analyse network level risk which incorporate emerging technologies.

Strategy and Policy: The strategic and policy framework underpins the delivery of all services within an organisation but can become outdated in the face of evolving methods, regulation and technology. Anser professionals will develop comprehensive strategies and policies to ensure efficient investment outcomes which are compliant with regulations.

Reliability Analysis: With historically low levels of growth in consumer demand the focus of network planning has shifted to reliability which requires a very different set of analysis. Evaluation of contingency options, restoration and response time, cost of unserved energy, regulatory penalties and probability of failure are just some of the inputs to consider. Fortunately Anser professionals provide tools and techniques for comprehensive network modelling to determine the economic and reliability benefits of capital works programmes:
  • Analysis of different capital investment and operating expenditure options
  • Reliabilty assessment to determine the customer cost of unavailability using Value of Customer Reliability (VCR) approach
  • Financial comparison utilising discounted casfhlow analysis to consider all costs and benefits
  • Sensitivity analysis to consider the effects of different investment and operating variables
  • Monte Carlo simulation to provide a probabilistic assessment of outcomes.

Regulatory: Network Service Providers are under a lot of scrutiny from the regulator, from pricing submissions to project evaluations. Often these can consume many scarce resources. Anser will provide resources to assist with submissions, compliance obligations or to meet other regulatory requirements.

Training: The greatest asset of any organisation is its people. An investment in training to broaden skills of key staff can deliver benefits manyfold greater than the cost. Anser will develop training and documentation customised to your organisation so your staff can deliver the outcomes you require now and into the future.
Anser professionals bring together collective skills and knowledge acquired through delivery of services on both sides of the meter