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BRIEF: There’s calls for new demand response laws to be fast tracked and extended, with major users, power aggregators and consumer groups submitting a joint letter to the Australian Energy Market Commission to bring the proposed market reforms forward.

The letter calls for the proposed rule changes, which will allow large consumers of power to receive a financial benefit from reducing their own energy use when demand and wholesale prices are high, to come into effect before the expected introduction of the draft rule 2022.

The group are all calling for households to be included so that they can turn off pool pumps or other non-critical appliances during a peak demand event.

The concern is that the grid will come under significant pressure over summer and lead to blackouts, especially with the upcoming closure of the Liddell power station in NSW and other reliability issues.