The Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee (E3) has announced a further extension for submitting submissions in response to its Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on Mandating ‘Smart Appliance’ Interfaces for Air Conditioners, Water Heaters and other Appliances. Submissions are now due Friday 24th May.
E3 are recommending that all air conditioners (and other nominated appliances) manufactured in or imported to Australia after June 2014 have an interface (AS/NZS 4755) to enable ‘demand response capabilities’. This would give power distributors the means to remotely cycle off power to air conditioners etc. for participating households. In Victoria wireless smart meters would provide the communications pathway to the interface. There is no provision in Victoria to use cable.
E3 say the objective of their recommendations is to help reduce future investment in electricity infrastructure caused by growing peak demand, and to contain the total cost of electricity supply to consumers.
The increasing uptake of air-conditioners is mainly held to blame. It is estimated that 25% of retail electricity costs is accounted for by peak demand that occurs for less than 40 hours per year (less than 0.5% of the year). E3 estimate that the interface will add an additional $10 to the cost of goods. They acknowledge that mandatory compliance may mean that some suppliers choose to stop supplying models to Australia, but expect that this will not result in lasting reductions in model range.
There is no discussion in the recommendations about the repercussions of encouraging people to take up wireless communications inside their homes.
There is no discussion in the recommendations about the security risks as a result of providing a communications channel directly from power distributors to consumers’ appliances.
If you don’t support the proposal to mandate compliance with AS/NZS 4755 for the nominated priority appliances, this is your chance to tell them why!
The consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) can be accessed at:
Written submissions should state ‘Mandating Smart Appliance Interfaces’ in the subject heading and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t waste this opportunity to have a say!!