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The New South Wales Government has introduced the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme, which will provide households and businesses with discounts if they buy or install equipment that uses less energy during peak times. 

The scheme is expected to save consumers $1.2 billion on their energy bills between 2022 and 2040. 

More fuel switching activities will also be added to the existing Energy Savings Scheme. 

This will include incentives for households to switch to solar and heat-pump hot water systems, and for businesses to replace gas, diesel or grid supplied electricity with renewable energy technologies like a biogas boiler.

New South Wales Energy Minister, Matt Kean, said, “By reducing peak demand we can supply power to everyone who needs it, when they need it, at a lower cost.

“We are also investing $25 million in the scheme to support the development of emerging technologies and software that allow households and businesses to use power when it is cheap and abundant.”

The scheme, due to commence in time for the 2022-23 summer, will provide discounts to consumers who install more efficient appliances that operate more during off-peak periods when electricity is cheap, like smart pool pumps or household batteries.

Energy retailers and large energy users then buy peak reduction credits from the local businesses that install the appliances to meet their energy savings targets.

“There are so many easy ways to reduce our peak consumption without impacting our way of life,” Mr Kean said.

“If all the backyard pool pumps and filters across New South Wales were used outside of peak periods, we could save up to 450MW – that’s more than the capacity of a generating unit at the Liddell Power Station.”

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